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Romney campaign got its IT from Best Buy, Staples, and friends

Imagine you're launching a company and only have six months to deliver a product. You face a competitor that has been in your industry four years longer than you with twice your staff and twice the budget. If you don't make your deadline, you're out of business.

That, in a nutshell, was the situation facing the technology team for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. The Obama for America (OFA) organization had the advantage: it didn't have to wade through the primary season first, allowing OFA's technology team to focus on building an infrastructure. Based on an Ars analysis of the Romney campaign's financial reports, Romney's team had less to work with and passed the lion's share of technology-focused spending directly to advertising companies and telemarketers. This left Team Romney's tech squad with only a fraction of the budget for consulting, services, and infrastructure.

So, the campaign did what a lot of small businesses would do: they went to Best Buy. Or more accurately, they went to Best Buy's subsidiary, MindShift Technologies, a managed service provider that specializes in small and medium business consulting. And when they were in a pinch for tech help, they called Staples' subsidiary ThriveNetworks and a collection of small consulting firms with links to Romney and the Republican Party.


Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Mon Nov 19, 2012, 09:02 AM (2 replies)

Paula Broadwell was an apologist for abusive actions by the U.S. command in Afghanistan

A back story to the sex scandal that ended David Petraeus’s 14 months as director of the CIA is that his mistress, Paula Broadwell, was an apologist for abusive actions by the U.S. command in Afghanistan. She defended the leveling of an Afghan village deemed uncooperative, Gareth Porter says at Inter Press Service.

Paula Broadwell, whose affair with former Gen. David Petraeus brought his career to a sudden end last week, had sought to help defend his decision in 2010 to allow village destruction in Afghanistan that not only violated his own previous guidance but the international laws of war.

At the time, Petraeus was under pressure from the Obama administration to produce tangible evidence of “progress” that could be used to justify troop withdrawals. But the efforts had the opposite effect. The new Petraeus policy guidance allowed the destruction of villages in three districts of Kandahar province if the population did not tell U.S. forces where homemade bombs were hidden.

Gen. David Petraeus in a photo with his biographer/mistress Paula Broadwell. (U.S. government photo)
In early January 2010, Broadwell went to visit the Combined Task Force I-320th in Kandahar to write a story justifying the decision to destroy the village of Tarok Kaloche and much of three other villages in its area of operations.


Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Fri Nov 16, 2012, 04:49 PM (1 replies)

Luke Russett and Sesame Street

Seasame Street turned down Luke Russett request for an interview because The Count said Luke couldn't count the numerous senators and representatives older than nancy pelosi.

Sesame Street said it does have standards and Luke should try Barney the dinosaur show because Luke thought Barney was real.

Luke will be interviewing the teletubbies next week to teach about gender but first he will be standing in as a pile of rocks in Fraggle Rock.

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Fri Nov 16, 2012, 09:28 AM (1 replies)

Personnel Reliability Program, nukes, Betrayus, chain of command

Personnel Reliability Program (PRP) is a United States Department of Defense psychological evaluation program, designed to permit only the most trustworthy individuals to have access to nuclear weapons, chemical weapons, and biological weapons.

The PRP program evaluates many aspects of the individual's work life and home life. Any disruption of these, or severe deviation from an established norm would be cause to deny access.

He was in the nuclear chain of command
When he admitted having an extramarital affair with Paula Broadwell, CIA Director David Petraeus, as a senior civilian in the presidential chain of command should something go catastrophically wrong in Washington, violated special behavior codes for officials who might one day be forced to execute nuclear strikes.

In classified presidential emergency action documents, the CIA director is among the dozens, if not hundreds of officials who are listed as National Command Authority successors in the event that higher ranking officials are no longer able to do their jobs.
Because under certain circumstances he'd have ready access to the nuclear satchel, Petraeus was indoctrinated into the Personnel Reliability Program, which evaluates and monitors the lifestyle and behavior of Americans with access to nuclear command and control mechanisms. Adultery is not a minor sin under the PRP rules.

The details of so-called "nuclear pre-delegation" is one of the most tightly held secrets in the U.S. Government. The first 18 presidential successors are spelled out by law. But it is not clear whether the pre-delegation lists follow the Constitutional chain of command.

After retiring as a general, Petraeus was confirmed by the Senate as a civilian, and was probably given emergency action training by the White House Military Office, which runs the Continuity of Government program. In that role, he could serve as one of the two people needed to confirm codes that would key Permissive Action Links (PALs) and activate launch sequences, adhering to the U.S. Strategic Command's two-person rule for nuclear weapons. Precisely what would need to happen for an official like Petraeus to be in the catbird seat is classified, the result of decades of highly secret rules and provisions that are kept locked in safes.

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Fri Nov 16, 2012, 06:20 AM (6 replies)

Look at the Bush Connections on Kelly's twin 's husband.

This story isn't just about the sex.

Lurking in the background of the story, has been Kelley's twin sister, Natalie Khawam. You will recall that as a result of a bitter child custody dispute, General Petraeus and General Allen wrote glowing character references for Khawam. The ex-husband of Khawan, Grayson Wolfe, has been described in the press as an "investment banker," but he isn't just an ordinary IB.

Grayson Wolfe is a Partner at Akkadian. He previously served as Director of Broader Middle East Initiatives and Iraqi Reconstruction and Special Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer at the Export-Import Bank of the United States. He was appointed to the bank by President Bush in June 2002. Between January and August 2004, Wolfe served as Manager of the Private Sector Development Office of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, Iraq. In this capacity he was directly responsible for implementing a wide range of initiatives to attract foreign direct investment and provide financing to Iraqi companies. During this time, Wolfe worked extensively on the ground with senior Iraqi and Kurdish officials, and with the Ministries of Finance, Trade and Oil.

From 2001 to 2002 Wolfe worked as an attorney for the law firm of Fleischman and Walsh, LLP, where he represented clients engaged in Homeland Security, Telecommunications and Intellectual Property matters. He served as a member of a seven-person team that worked with the North American Railroads and Chlorine Chemical Industries to develop a National Homeland Security Risk Analysis and Management Plan. This plan was adopted by the Class I Freight Railroad CEOs on Dec 6, 2001. Wolfe served as Legislative Director and Counsel for members of Congress from 1999-2002. He has also served in numerous positions in presidential, federal and state political campaigns. Before this, he worked for Citicorp in Poland focusing on emerging markets and franchise development opportunities in Central and Eastern European countries.


Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Thu Nov 15, 2012, 10:25 AM (0 replies)

Mitt's Gift List for his election

Tax cuts for the wealthiest (no one believed your etch-a-sketch away from this at the debates).
Reactionary Judge Appointments for the religious right.

Repealing regulations, for corporations.

Killing alternative energy for fossil fuel companies.

Building the Keystone pipeline also for fossil fuel companies.

Repealing Obamacare for the Tea Party.

Banning contraceptive coverage for the Catholic Church.

Killing the Dream Act for nativists.

Tax free Casino profits for Sheldon Adelson.

War with Iran for Sheldon Adelson.

You can always go to the Emergency Room.

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Thu Nov 15, 2012, 08:46 AM (1 replies)

Jon Stewart to business owners.

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Thu Nov 15, 2012, 04:05 AM (23 replies)

Top Georgia GOP Lawmakers Host Briefing on Secret Obama Mind-Control Plot

President Obama is using a Cold War-era mind-control technique known as "Delphi" to coerce Americans into accepting his plan for a United Nations-run communist dictatorship in which suburbanites will be forcibly relocated to cities. That's according to a four-hour briefing delivered to Republican state senators at the Georgia state Capitol last month.

Chart: Almost Every Obama Conspiracy Theory Ever
On October 11, at a closed-door meeting of the Republican caucus convened by the body's majority leader, Chip Rogers, a tea party activist told Republican lawmakers that Obama was mounting this most diabolical conspiracy. The event—captured on tape by a member of the Athens-based watchdog Better Georgia (who was removed from the room after 52 minutes)—had been billed as an information session on Agenda 21, a nonbinding UN agreement that commits member nations to promote sustainable development. In the eyes of conservative activists, Agenda 21 is a nefarious plot that includes forcibly relocating non-urban-dwellers and prescribing mandatory contraception as a means of curbing population growth. The invitation to the Georgia state Senate event noted the presentation would explain: "How pleasant sounding names are fostering a Socialist plan to change the way we live, eat, learn, and communicate to 'save the earth.'"

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Thu Nov 15, 2012, 03:02 AM (2 replies)

I think we can win in Massachusetts if...

The democrats put all their money and power into it.

It shouldn't be
a local election for Senator.

Obama can get Kerry but only if
he puts the national power, organization and energy of the party into the control of the seat.

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Tue Nov 13, 2012, 03:20 PM (0 replies)

I think Holder will go now

same with the bush appointee of the FBI

Maybe Obama will finally clean out Justice
including the ATF, the FBI etc.

The CIA is a tougher egg to crack.
Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:16 PM (17 replies)
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