Friday, October 24, 2014

Inside the IT Organization of the Future

There's an excellent interview with tech visionary Charles Araujo at CIO Insight, in which he explains three phenomena are radically accelerating business disruption.

The three factors -- the Consumerization of IT, the Criticality of IT, and the Competition for IT -- have melted away barriers to competition and smashed traditional methods of distribution.

...When I grew up in the business, IT was important, but was relegated to the back office. Technology was used to drive efficiency and the speed of transactions, but it was pretty invisible to our organization's customers. When technology failed, it was inconvenient, but that was about it. Today, technology has moved from the back office to front and center of everything. Technology literally powers every single business transaction, every customer interaction and virtually all aspects of the customer experience...

...When I put these three market forces together, I came to the conclusion that there had been a fundamental sea change in the environment in which we existed. Our customer's expectations had changed; they were relying on technology for everything, but they now had choices. And that meant we were going to have to operate differently if we wanted to remain relevant. We simply cannot keep doing things the way we always have and expect our customers to still be our customers. So, I believe that IT—at least as we've known it—is dead. And it's going to be replaced with a very different type of IT organization. One that is smaller, more agile, more customer-focused—and one that spends a lot less time running core technologies...

ISIS Begins Realizing Its "See You In New York" Threat

By Investor's Business Daily

Terrorism: An ax attack on two New York City cops by a Muslim convert with jihadi postings on his Facebook page is yet another reminder of the prophetic warning by the leader of the Islamic State.

Some pundits are downplaying any connection between Zale Thompson, who attacked two New York City cops with a hatchet, and the Islamic State, which has issued a call for such actions by sympathizers in the West. This is an "isolated case," they say, an act by a "nut job" and not by a terrorist conspirator.

The Islamic State is perhaps the world's largest collection of nut jobs. How sane can someone be, taking joy in sawing off the heads of infidels like Steven Sotloff and James Foley, or delighting in kidnapping and gang-raping the Yazidi women of Iraq because they worship a different god? How sane can young women be who leave the West to journey to Syria in the hopes of being incubators for future jihadis?

In the Soviet era, we might have called the likes of Zale Thompson sleepers — individuals hidden in our free society waiting for the call to fulfill their destiny.

The current bevy of homegrown jihadis beheading office workers in Oklahoma and killing policemen and soldiers in Canada may not have been planted here by the Islamic State. But in the age of social media, they have heard their master's voice and responded accordingly.

Carol Costello of CNN gets a very special phone call...

Remember when CNN's idiot broadcaster Carol Costello made light of a violent assault on Bristol Palin, just weeks after condemning Ray Rice? Yeah, those were good times. Good times.


Summer intern @BiffSpackle took issue with the misogynistic, hypocritical behavior of the leftist kook.


Yo, Carol: we want an apology. A real apology. On your show, which -- granted -- gets lower ratings than the spin cycle at the 4th Street laundromat.


Hat tip: BadBlue News.

Larwyn's Linx: Make Him Own It!

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Nation

Make Him Own It!: Bill Whittle
Democrats Threaten Riots in Atlanta: Declan Finn
Angst grows over Obama’s unlawful plans for action on immigration: The Hill

The Left-Wing Hipster Democrat Couple That Exposed NYC to Ebola: GotNews
NY City Dr. With Ebola Symptoms Hospitalized, Went Bowling Last Night: GWP
'Quintessential Statism': Mark Levin on Democrats Running From Obama: FNI

Where Was President Obama?: Michelle Malkin
Obama Can’t Help Throwing His Party Under His Bus: David Limbaugh
White House pretends that not trusting them on immigration is crazy-talk: Moe Lane

A Denuded Victory: Leon H. Wolf
Running Scared: Maryland Democrats Play The Race Card: Derek Hunter
GA Senate: Obama Knows What a Michelle Nunn Victory Would Mean: RS

Economy

Blacks hit Barack: 'Worst President Ever, He Chose Illegals Over Americans': Clash
Initial Unemployment Claims Down 18% From Same Week Last Year: BizzyBlog
The Optimistic Column: Taki's Mag

Scandal Central

Obama Asserts Fast and Furious Executive Privilege Claim for... Holder’s Wife: JW
Justice Dept. List of Withheld Fast & Furious Docs is 1,323 Pages Long: Sharyl Attkisson
Oh My: National Park Service Admits It Discussed Plan To Close War Memorials With Obama Officials: WZ

Jaw-Dropping Level of 'Progressive' Voter Fraud Everywhere You Look: Reaganite
It’s Not Just Spying – How The NSA Has Turned Into A Giant Profit Center For Corrupt Insiders: ZH
Who says Obamacare isn't major factor in midterms?: Byron York

Climate & Energy

John Kerry Thinks Climate Change Causes Radical Islam: Sara Noble
Green Billionaire Tom Steyer Leaves Campaign Stop in Gas-Guzzling Suburban: ProgsToday
World food production at record levels: WUWT

Media

Feds Offered Mike Brown Evidence To Newspaper That Refused Information : Treehouse
Brown Family Members Viciously Brawl Over Sale Of Mike Brown Merchandise: Joshua
The Externalization of Responsibility: Monica Lewinsky’s Personal Shame: R.S. McCain

At the Intersection of #GamerGate and the Washington Redskins: Ed Driscoll
Powerful: Jewish college students explain how anti-Semitism has affected them on campus: Scoop
The Nightly News’ Curious Disinterest in the Midterm Elections: Jim Geraghty

Watch DNC Chair DWS interview turn into a train wreck after she lies and can’t back it up: Scoop
Why Does CNN host Carol Costello Still Have A Job?: Nice Deb
Ted Cruz Gets 8 Min Standing Ovation: Ponder Pelosi As Speaker: Maggie Thornton

World

You Can’t Reform Islam Without Reforming Muslims: Daniel Greenfield
This is Horrifying: Erick Erickson
NYC: Axe Wielding Muslim Mad Man Attacks Cops: Treehouse

Canadian Terrorist: Crazy Muslim: R.S. McCain
Islamic State supporters cheer Ottawa jihad shooting: Robert Spencer
How Canada Wound Up With Jihad Problems: TAB

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

The best navigation idea I’ve seen since the Tube map: Rory Sutherland
Which Technologies Do Startups Use? An Exploration of AngelList Data.: CodingVC
Anonymous Shadow Eclipses Other Privacy Projects with Zero Knowledge: DeepDotWeb

Cornucopia

The Early Worm Gets The Bird: Hopenchange
Here's What Happens When Debating a Liberal: AWD
Democratic Fundraising Emails Are Out of Control: Andrew Stiles

Image: Sources: Ottawa gunman had ties to jihadists
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QOTD: "The costs of the Administration’s confused policy on Syria have been sky-high: the rise of ISIS, the irritation of our allies (Turkey, the Sunni Arab states, Israel), and the butchery of civilians on a massive scale. On its one supposed triumph, the Administration appears to have been conned, and it’s getting harder and harder to deny that fact." --Walter Russell Mead

Thursday, October 23, 2014

UN-FLIPPING-BELIEVABLE: Obama Administration Released Illegal Aliens Charged With Murder Into the U.S.

USA Today softens news of Yet Another Obama Administration Scandal™ as best it can, using the headline "U.S. misinformed Congress, public on immigrant release."

Translated into English, it means "Obama Administration Released Illegal Immigrants Charged with Homicide."

New records contradict the Obama administration's assurances to Congress and the public that the 2,200 people it freed from immigration jails last year to save money had only minor criminal records.

The records, obtained by USA TODAY, show immigration officials released some undocumented immigrants who had faced far more serious criminal charges, including people charged with kidnapping, sexual assault, drug trafficking and homicide.

The release sparked a furor in Congress. Republican lawmakers accused the Obama administration of setting dangerous criminals free. In response, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it had released "low-risk offenders who do not have serious criminal records," a claim the administration repeated to the public and to members of Congress.

The new records, including spreadsheets and hundreds of pages of e-mails, offer the most detailed information yet about the people ICE freed as it prepared for steep, across-the-government spending cuts in February 2013. They show that although two-thirds of the people who were freed had no criminal records, several had been arrested or convicted on charges more severe than the administration had disclosed.

Is Ebola Being Used as a Biological Weapon Against the U.S.?

By Scott Stewart

Over the past few weeks, I've had people at speaking engagements ask me if I thought the Islamic State or some other militant group is using Ebola as a biological weapon, or if such a group could do so in the future. Such questions and concerns are not surprising given the intense media hype that surrounds the disease, even though only one person has died from Ebola out of the three confirmed cases in the United States. The media hype about the threat posed by the Islamic State to the United States and the West is almost as bad. Both subjects of all this hype were combined into a tidy package on Oct. 20, when the Washington Post published an editorial by columnist Mark Thiessen in which he claimed it would be easy for a group such as the Islamic State to use Ebola in a terrorist attack. Despite Thiessen's claims, using Ebola as a biological warfare agent is much more difficult than it might appear at first blush.

The 2014 Outbreak

In the past, there have been several outbreaks of Ebola in Africa. Countries included Sudan, Uganda, the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and several comparatively small outbreaks occurred in Gabon as well. In most cases, people who handled or ate animals infected with the disease started the outbreaks. "Bushmeat," or portions of roasted meat from a variety of wild animals, is considered by many to be a delicacy in Africa, and in a continent where hunger is widespread, it is also a necessity for many hungry people. After several months of medical investigations, epidemiologists believe the current outbreak most likely began when a two-year-old child in Guinea touched or perhaps ate part of an infected animal such as a bat or monkey.

STRIKE BACK: A Graphic Tale

Based in part upon "Politician, Heal Thyself" by Jon Gabriel and illustrated by our summer intern @BiffSpackle.


You and I have a lot of work to do. But we're up to it. We're Americans.


Larwyn's Linx: Obama’s triple punch to America's gut to come after the midterm elections

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Nation

Obama’s triple punch to America's gut to come after midterms: Ernest Istook
Thanks, Obama! Liberian Man With Ebola Symptoms Arrives in Newark: JWF
Obama missteps boost GOP chances: Justin Sink, The Hill

A vote for Democrats is ‘A Vote for President Obama.’: Moe Lane
Holder Really Sad He Couldn't Disarm You Before Fleeing Office: Bob Owens
Oregon Voters Oppose Driver's Licenses for Illegals: CIS

Our new missiles of October: Victor Davis Hanson
We Need to Call It Terrorism: Andrew C. McCarthy
California forces Churches to pay for abortions, immediately: PW

Michael Brown Autopsy Results Are In: Race-Baiters Hardest Hit: Clash
GOP +8 On AP Generic Ballot Among Likely Voters, Exceeding 2010's +7: Ace
Opportunity knocking for GOP — but will party leaders squander it?: John Kass

Economy

Gambling Monkeys, Watching Grass Grow, Zombie in Love: Lid
Public Health: Infected by Politics: Heather Mac Donald
Who needs an Ebola czar?: Cal Thomas

Scandal Central

Busted: James O’Keefe Catches CO Dems Advocating “Awesome” Voter Fraud: LI
“Go F*** Yourself, Gringo” Says Democrat Operative Caught Stuffing Hundreds Of Ballots : LibertyNews
James O'Keefe Answers Donna Brazile: Lid

Wealth of Congress Jumps $150 Million: Roll Call
State Senator Arrested Carrying Concealed Weapon In Ferguson, Possibly Under The Influence: Bob Owens
Where Are All The Right Wing Terrorists We Were Warned About?: Glob

Media

Ferguson Grand Jury: At least 7 black witnesses corrobrated Officer Darren's Wilson's testimony: Hot Air
Dem Panic According to the New York Times: Roger Kimball
American Society’s Acid Trip: Camp o' the Saints

Ferguson Truthers: PW
Monica Lewinsky: Hey, You Know What, I'm The First Victim of Internet Bullying: Ace
When You’ve Lost Tina Brown…You’ve Lost the Magic: MOTUS

News Of The 34 Million Green Cards Surfaces In The Legacy Press: VDARE
Fact Check On Fact Check Of Dana Loesch’s New Book ‘Hands Off My Gun’: Caleb Howe
No Ebola Panic Despite Media Hysteria: Alan Caruba

World

Saudis sound alarm on Obama ‘caving’ to Iran: Aaron Klein
IDF confirms Hamas planned massive tunnel attack: Times of Israel
Embattled Kobani: Compare Images of the City Before and After Islamic State’s Siege: WSJ

Muslim Outreach in the Great White North: MB
VIDEO of Gunfire Exchange Inside Canadian Parliament: Sooper
Canada Parliament Shooter Had ‘Palestinian Type Head Scarf Over His Face’ – Eyewitness: Sooper

Assad Ups Chemical Weapons Attacks: AmInt
Arab Spring: the gift that keeps on giving: RS
Hamas terrorist runs over pedestrians getting off bus in Jerusalem: Scoop

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

The Long Tail of Lost Productivity: Guy Clinch, NoJitter
Google Leads $542 Million Deal in Secretive Startup Magic Leap: WSJ
Google debuts Inbox, a new way to stay on top of email: USA Today

Cornucopia

The 2015 Social Justice Kittens Calendar : AmDigest
If you don’t eat your meat, you can’t have any pudding: Sondrakistan
Art Is Everywhere: C&S

Image: Google Leads $542 Million Deal in Secretive Startup Magic Leap
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QOTD: "The violence at Parliament comes just days after Canada raised its terror alert Friday.

The suspect in Monday's vehicle attack, Martin Rouleau Couture, reportedly converted to Islam about a year ago. Police arrested him last July and confiscated his passport, but lacked enough evidence to keep him in custody, said Martine Fontaine of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

"When he was arrested, he was about to go to Turkey," Fontaine said. "We stopped him as he was about to leave Canada for terrorist actions. He was questioned when he was arrested. We have not been able to determine any real threat at this time."" --Ashley Fantz and Josh Levs, CNN

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

TRY AND CONTAIN YOUR SURPRISE: Obama "deferred action" program is putting illegal aliens on voter rolls

By Kenric Ward

With early voting starting Thursday, North Carolina’s election board found 154 ineligible voters on its poll lists — and officials are examining thousands more questionable registrations.

The illegal immigrants landed on the state’s voter rolls, courtesy of the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The State Board of Elections said late Tuesday that more than 9,000 additional voters’ names are being checked for legal status. They do not expect to finish checking before early voting starts Thursday.

“We don’t know what we don’t know,” special counsel Brian LiVecchi told Watchdog.org.

Nearly 10,000 names on the rolls are tagged by the state Department of Motor Vehicles as “legally present,” but the Winston-Salem Journal reported that doesn’t mean all 10,000 are ineligible to vote.

When immigrants are certified under DACA deportation proceedings are frozen.

That opens a window for individuals to obtain driver’s licenses in North Carolina because the state opted into the DACA program, said James Johnson, president of North Carolinians For Immigration Reform and Enforcement.

The Metropolitan Opera's "Death of Klinghoffer": An Insane Attempt to Justify Terrorist Savagery

By Investor's Business Daily

Politics: Only the insane political correctness of the left could try in an opera in the city attacked on 9/11 to humanize and justify the murder by Palestinian terrorists of 69-year-old, wheelchair-bound Leon Klinghoffer.

We don't do opera reviews, but the opening of the Metropolitan Opera of New York's production of the "Death of Klinghoffer" is as much a political event as it is an artistic one.

In a particularly grotesque way, it tries to create a moral equivalence between a group of terrorists and their victim by explaining the "reasons" for their criminal and terrorist act.

For those who may have forgotten, as well as members of the liberal left, the opera attempts to dramatize the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro by four members of the Palestinian Liberation Front, a faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization led by Yasser Arafat.

Before the hijacking was over, the terrorist hijackers shot and killed Klinghoffer, an American Jew, then pushed him and his wheelchair overboard.

The opening of the opera by American composer John Adams predictably sparked protests in New York City.

SHOCKING MAPS: Obama plans to open immigration floodgates; transforming 'America into nation no one will recognize'

You may have read that President Obama is quietly preparing to issue as many as 34 million green cards to illegal aliens, thereby transforming the country and the electorate into something other than a civil society.

And the process has already started.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Friday threw open the door to as many as 100,000 Haitians, who will now move into the United States without a visa.

...That was just the beginning. The immigration agency earlier this month had solicited a printer able to handle a “surge” of 9 million green cards “to support possible future immigration-reform initiative requirements.”

In an ordinary year, about 1 million green cards are issued, and over the life of this contract the company is expected to produce up to 34 million cards, a figure representing an increase of the population of the United States by 10 percent.

The cards do not come with automatic voter registration, but that’s obviously what the scheme portends. President Obama’s promised “executive actions” to bring about this enormous wave of amnesty constitute a transparent and cynical ploy to expand the Democratic voter base, creating a permanent majority.

...In economic terms, importing millions of unskilled workers creates competition for the diminishing number of available jobs. Combine a flooded job market with the Democratic proposals for a doubling of the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and millions more American citizens will be without a job.

Those who do have jobs will pay to provide federal freebies, from Obamaphones to Obamacare, to the formerly illegal aliens now with a green card.

As the recent influx of minor children over the southern border demonstrates, word of amnesty on the way travels fast. Handing green cards to those who cheated the system and entered the country illegally creates an incentive to millions more to follow in their path, collecting as many benefits as possible along the way.

It’s a disaster in the making — indeed already here — for public health and national security, straining the welfare state to its limit...

Yet President Obama intends to violate immigration law even though 74 percent of Americans do not want to expand immigration, according to a recent Gallup poll.

USA Today offers us a series of maps that illustrate the startling transformation of America into something resembling Central America.

Larwyn's Linx: The End

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Nation

The End: Erick Erickson
HHS-Funded Study: Obamacare Will ‘Death Spiral’ If Subsidies Fail: DC
Obamacare Dumping Patients Into Medicaid: Keith Koffler

President Obama Evolves on Marriage. Again.: Ryan T. Anderson
Obamacare Used to Register Voters: Sharyl Attkisson
Why Republicans Don’t Get It: Ben Shapiro

Senate Breakers Report October 21, 2014: Dan McLaughlin
It’s Great When Your Thesis Gets Validated: HayRide
Senate Control and Kansas: Insider

Mary "Travel Ban" Landrieu: Don’t Fear-Monger Ebola!: HayRide
The Hunter Biden Chronicles: Michelle Malkin
Arkansas Senate: …DOOM.: Moe Lane

Economy

HHS-Funded Study: Obamacare Will ‘Death Spiral’ If Subsidies Fail: DC
Here’s the Latest Government Assault on Business Owners: RightlyWired
‘Plunge protection’ behind market’s sudden recovery: John Crudele

Scandal Central

Report: New Ferguson Grand Jury Leaks Coming This Week: GWP
Mike Brown Autopsy Leaked: Reached for Officer’s Gun, Did Not Have Arms Raised When Shot: Sooper
Jersey City Dem Mayor’s Chief-Of-Staff: “All White People Have A Little Hitler In Them”: WZ

Report: NAACP Speaker Wants to Create Confusion in November By Deliberately Misleading Voters: JW
Mark Levin: Obama’s “full Mussolini” is going to come out after the midterms: Scoop
It’s Actually Quite Scary How Bad A Choice Ron Klain Is As Ebola Czar: HayRide

Climate & Energy

The Good News About Offshore Oil Rigs: Jonah Goldberg
Jeanne Shaheen caught lying about her opposition to nuclear power.: Moe Lane
Where Money Goes to Die: How Fracking Blows Up Balance Sheets of Oil and Gas Companies: Wolf Street

Media

Embarrassing Economists: Walter Williams
Robert Reich Terrified GOP Might Do What Dems Did When They Rammed Through Obamacare: Surge
Liberal Journalist: People Are Frightened About Ebola Because Of George W. Bush: Downtrend

Ebola...A "War Without A General": Springer
Yes, conservatives watch Fox – but it's more nuanced than that, survey finds: Mark Trumbull
As Lewinsky Returns, ABC and CBS Gloss Over Clinton Culpability: Scott Whitlock

ABC, NBC Omit Any Mention of Midterm Elections on Day Two Weeks from Election Day: Curtis Houck
Scary news from MoveOn: If GOP wins Senate, they might use dubious procedure called “reconciliation”: Hot Air
The Most Dishonest TV Ad this Election Season: Leon H. Wolf

World

ISIS Video: America’s Air Dropped Weapons Now in Our Hands: Josh Rogin
ISIS Executes Hundreds of Sunni Tribesmen: AmInt
Yazidis on Mt. Sinjar Plead for Help As ISIS Attacks Them Again: Sara Noble

ISIS Fires Mortar Shells Into Baghdad’s Green Zone: Treehouse
The Islamic evil that is ISIS was spawned in Saudi Arabia: John Myers
Western Leaders Silent as ISIS Jihadists Shoot, Behead, and Crucify 700 Syrians: Answering

Liberian Passenger With Ebola Symptoms Arrives In Newark Liberty: Treehouse
She Tweeted Against the Mexican Cartels. They Tweeted Her Murder.: Jason McGahan
REMINDER: Illegal Immigrant Gangs Commit Most U.S. Crime: JW (2009)

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Staples investigates suspected credit card breach: ITnews
Spirit Rover: Trapped by the Sands of Mars: Elizabeth Howell, Space
Synthetic Identity Fraud A Fast-Growing Category: Dark Reading

Cornucopia

Top brain surgeon who claims he saw heaven while in a coma reveals others' stories: RWN
Barking dogs & purring cats.: Liberal Logic
The Cool Accidental Typography Of Satellite Imagery: Fastcodesign

Image: ISIS Fires Mortar Shells Into Baghdad’s Green Zone
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QOTD: "Keep in mind... most of these [voter ID] laws are not preventing the overwhelmingly majority of folks who don’t vote from voting. Most people do have an ID. Most people do have a driver's license. Most people can get to the polls.

...the bottom line is, if less than half of our folks vote, these laws aren’t preventing the other half from not voting." --President Barack Obama, admitting the truth on The Al Sharpton Show