This week The Stu Pitt Award goes to ...

The NSA ...

It appears that, under President Barak Obama, the U.S. government is still hard at work collecting the PRIVATE/CONFIDENTIAL data of Americans.

From the New York Times ...

"Since 2010, the National Security Agency has been exploiting its huge collections of data to create sophisticated graphs of some Americans’ social connections that can identify their associates, their locations at certain times, their traveling companions and other personal information, according to newly disclosed documents and interviews with officials."

"Phone and e-mail logs, for example, allow analysts to identify people’s friends and associates, detect where they were at a certain time, acquire clues to religious or political affiliations, and pick up sensitive information like regular calls to a psychiatrist’s office, late-night messages to an extramarital partner or exchanges with a fellow plotter."

Stu Pitt says, "Are you fucking kidding me??? The United States government is spying on innocent Americans? Identifying our friends? Our social connections? Our location at certain times? Our goddam religious affiliation? (where the hell is our "freedom of religion"?) Phone calls we make to our freakin' doctor's office??? Late night messages to a lover???

Who is the NSA spying on? Who are they going to catch? Cheating wives and husbands. Booty calls. People who are sick. Christians and Jews. Friends and family members.

WTF? The government needs this private and confidential information to fight terrorism???"

As an American citizen I say N-O-T!

Congratulations Obama Administration and the NSA, you are once again completely ignoring the rights of innocent Americans as granted by the U.S. Constitution and the Bill Of Rights. For that, you again deservedly earn this week's Stu Pitt Award!

Our founding fathers must be rolling over in their graves. They fought a war against their government because the people in America had no say in being governed and their rights and freedoms were being intruded upon. Luckily for us, they won that war. Today, we the American people, are fighting a modern non-violent version of the same war, for the same reasons. And, sadly, we're losing.

"It is the duty of the patriot to protect
his country from its government."

- Thomas Paine, American patriot (1737 - 1809)


This week The Stu Pitt Award goes to ...

The Los Angeles Unified

School District (LAUSD)

for giving away 640,000 ipads
- FREE - using taxpayer money

From allgov.com ...

" ... By next year, all 640,000 Los Angeles Unified School District students, K-12, would have free iPads and software to facilitate their education. The district had indicated that it preferred that students not take the machines home, but left that decision to individual principals.

The district is spending $500 million in bond money for the computers and another $500 million on wi-fi and incidentals. LAUSD belatedly decided to spend another $38 million on keyboards when the iPad’s virtual keyboard was found to be unsuitable for the rigors of school work."

Stu Pitt says, WTF? $1 billion of taxpayer money to give LAUSD students FREE ipads? Why? Students will no doubt hack their free ipads (they already have, according to the article) and will then be able to freely email each other, take videos and post them to YouTube, listen to iTunes, watch online porn, play computer games, and spend time on Facebook.

Free ipads for hundreds of thousands of Los Angeles students? Brilliant. Free ipads, that, in reality, costs $500 million taxpayer dollars and $500 million worth of bonds that residents will have to pay interest on.

Our government in action.

Update to the story

As I was scanning the news stories today I learned that each free ipad will cost taxpayers $700. $700? WTF? Kinda high, isn't it? What, the school district couldn't negotiate a lower price, a volume discount, on a purchase of a whopping 640,000 ipads?

Where are they buying the 640,000 ipads, at BestBuy? I imagine the conversation would go something like this:

sales person: "Welcome to BestBuy."

customer: "Yeah, hello. I'm from LAUSD and I want to buy 640,000 ipads".

sales person: "Really? Huh. 640,000 ipads? We sell them for $700 each. That's the retail price."

customer: "OK. That's fine. I don't care, it's not our money, it's the taxpayer's, so I'll pay the retail price - on all 640,000 of them".

sales person: "OK. That comes to $448 million. Will that be cash or credit card?"

JHC, who the f--k is the purchasing agent for LAUSD? Whoever it is, fire him/her!

Another perfect example of our government in action.

Update to the update

From myfoxla.com ...

"First reports that LAUSD students hacked into iPads and used them to go online for purposes other than school. Now, we're learning there are 71 iPads missing.

We're talking about iPads paid for with tax payer money. Currently, the district is handing out iPads worth $700 each.

The school district doesn't know what happened to the 71 iPads but they are investigating. "At this point they're lost or missing ...

1200 iPads were handed out last year, at the end of the school year 71 did not make it back. Despite that LAUSD handed out another 14,000 iPads last month ..."

Stu Pitt says, 71 missing ipads? That's $50,000 of taxpayer's money. Lost. Missing. Gone. And yet LAUSD went ahead last month and handed out another fourteen THOUSAND (14,000) free ipads!?

Who's running the show at LAUSD, and making all these decisions and spending all this taxpayer money, a 12-year-old?

LAUSD. Educating 640,000 children.

Yeah, that works. NOT.

Congratulations LAUSD, for creating a billion-dollar ipad scandal with taxpayer dollars, you deservedly earned this week's Stu Pitt Award!

Obama Care (again)

This week The Stu Pitt Award goes to ...

Obama Care

Obama Care is coming. Duck.

From the Wall Street Journal, September 25, 2013 ...

"U.S. officials for the first time disclosed insurance prices that will be offered through new federally run health-care exchanges starting Oct. 1, showing that young, healthy buyers likely will pay more than they do currently while older, sicker consumers should get a break.

The plans, offered under the health-care overhaul to people who don't get insurance through an employer or government program, in many cases provide broader coverage than current policies.

Costs will vary widely from state to state and for different types of consumers. Government subsidies will cut costs for some lower-income consumers.

... But for some buyers, prices will rise from today's less-comprehensive policies. In Nashville, Tenn., a 27-year-old male nonsmoker could pay as little as $41 a month now for a bare-bones policy, but would pay $114 a month for the lowest-cost bronze option in the new federal health exchanges. OMG, that's a monthly premium increase of 178%!

Likewise, the least-expensive bronze policy would rise to $195 a month in Philadelphia for that same 27-year-old, from $73 today. OMG, that's a monthly premium increase of 167%!

In Cheyenne, Wyo., the lowest-cost option would be $271 a month, up from $82 today." OMG, that's a monthly premium increase of over 230%!

And, to add insult to injury
"One potential drawback of the plans on the exchanges: They often feature narrower networks of doctors and hospitals, meaning people might not be able to see the doctor of their choice."

Obama Care. A MANDATORY socialistic government program where people pay more and get less. And maybe DON'T get to go to the doctor they have now.

Obama Care. Another brilliant idea ... that doesn't work.

Congratulations Obama Care, for doubling many people's health care premiums, you deservedly earned this week's Stu Pitt Award!

"It is the duty of the patriot to protect
his country from its government."

- Thomas Paine, American patriot (1737 - 1809)

American socialism

This week The Stu Pitt Award goes to ...

American socialists/liberals

for turning America into Europe

America Is NOT Europe

Many American politicians, and U.S. citizens, would like to remake America into a version of socialist Europe. America is NOT Europe. Some major existing fundamental cultural, social, and economic differences between America and Europe are:

The average size of a house
America: 2,300 sq ft
Germany: 1,345 sq ft
France: 1,216 sq ft
Spain: 1,044 sq ft
UK: 818 sq ft

Often, in Europe, you have small rooms, tiny bathrooms (often without a bathtub), tiny kitchens, with an even tinier refrigerator, perhaps cooktop burners but no oven, and, often, no dishwasher. Sometimes, there are few or no closets (you have to purchase freestanding wardrobes). You want to be like Europe and live like that?

Europeans do not drive as much as Americans. Average miles driven annually:
Europe 8,700 miles
America 15,000

The average price per gallon of gas:
Europe $7.50
America $4.00
You want to be like Europe and drive less and pay more?

America, a capitalistic country, feeds the world. In 2012, food and agricultural exports accounted for a whopping $145 billion.

Other U.S. exports include:
Aircraft: $94 billion
Cars: $53 billion
Medical equipment: $34 billion
Fuel oil: $60 billion
Petroleum products: $57 billion
Yes, surprisingly, America supplies a lot of the world’s energy needs but can't supply its own!

Vacation time
Americans work long and hard (if they are lucky enough to have a job). And American workers on average get little in the way of vacation time. Europeans, on the other hand, by law, get a lot of vacations days. The average annual paid vacation in the U.S. is 2 weeks. The average annual paid vacation in Europe is 4 weeks minimum. OK, European socialism wins that battle!

Americans enjoy freedom of speech and freedom of the press. European citizens do not.
According to USA Today, “Unlike the United States, free speech is limited in Europe with numerous statutes that ban hate speech, blasphemy, Holocaust denial and even phrases deemed insults to bureaucrats and police officers.” You want to be like Europe and give up your freedom of speech?

So, America is NOT Europe, it’s America. And, no, it’s not perfect. But it does offer freedom and opportunity. IF you have the intestinal fortitude to man up. For you young’uns that means “guts”. And, as for the American socialist/extreme liberal doctrine that everything should be “fair and equal”, who said life was fair!? Sorry folks, in America you have to man up and do what is necessary in order to succeed on your own. Government is NOT the answer. YOU are.

Socialists and would-be socialists in the U.S. say that America is a horrible country. Is feeding and fueling the world, and promoting freedom and opportunity, horrible? If your answer is yes, then America IS a horrible country and should be remade and patterned after socialist Europe. Or not.

You decide.

Congratulations America, you are now becoming more and more socialistic very day. And for that, the American wannabe socialists who are causing it deservedly earned this week's Stu Pitt Award!

"It is the duty of the patriot to protect
his country from its government."

- Thomas Paine, American patriot (1737 - 1809)


This week The Stu Pitt Award goes to ...


for selling expired vitamins

So, I was taking all my pills this morning and I decided to see what percentage of my minimum daily requirements my 1000 units of vitamin D was. It's more than enough for maintenance of my doctor prescribed treatment for severe vitamin D deficiency. However, I then noticed the expiration date on the vitamin D bottle. Jan 2009. OMG! 2009? WTF? That was 4+ years ago! The vitamins I bought 2 weeks ago at my local CVS expired nearly 5 years ago??? I was stunned. Then, I realized with horror that I have been taking them for 10 days. If they are useless in potency have I relapsed into vitamin D deficiency?

Selling vitamins that expired 5 years ago? Really? This is inexcusable for a pharmacy, ANY pharmacy, to have vitamins on their shelves that expired nearly 5 years ago! Especially if those vitamins are prescribed by a doctor - to treat a serious and severe deficiency.

I plan on going to CVS today and giving the store manager my full (and loud) wrath! And I plan on also getting a replacement bottle of vitamin D. One that is not years past its expiration date. In addition, I will also email CVS corporate headquarters about this inexcusably poor (and, in my case, potentially harmful) product vending. Luckily, I happened to look at the label on this bottle. BEFORE I took all 30 days of these worthless and expired vitamins.

Congratulations CVS, for selling worthless vitamins that expired almost 5 years ago, you deservedly earned this week's Stu Pitt Award!

P.S. I went to CVS Sunday and confronted the store manager. He denied that the store sells expired vitamins and said they check the expiration date every 2 weeks or so. He then showed me the shelf of vitamins and confirmed that CVS does not even have the bottle that I bought. The brand, yes, the exact type of vitamin D that I bought, no. Though I do not keep my receipts from CVS, I told him I was absolutely positive that I bought them there about 2 weeks ago. I remember it well and even told him that CVS had so many vitamins on their shelves that I spent 15 minutes trying to find the 1,000 units of vitamin D that I did buy. As I checked the shelves yesterday, I saw that the store now only carries vitamin D3. No D, just D3. My vitamin bottle was nowhere to be found on the vitamin shelves. Hmm. The store manager kept denying that the bottle was purchased at the store.

So, who was right, the manager or me? The classic battle of the store versus the stupid consumer who doesn't have a receipt.

The manager then scanned my bottle with his hand-held scanner and, magically, my bottle came up as being in CVS's inventory! Not currently on their shelves but definitely in their inventory. How about that!?