Hypocrites silencing those in dissent. (EDITORIAL)

Last night, during the debate on the confirmation of Senator Jeff Sessions, (R) Alabama as Attorney General of the United States, Massachusetts Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren was effectively silenced as she quoted from a letter written by Coretta Scott King.  The letter was written before Sessions became Senator and while he was being nominated for a Judicial Position back in the mid 80’s.

Rule 19 was invoked by Senator Mitch McConnell, (R) Kentucky, to silence Warren, who has been an outspoken advocate for full and fair debate on all things.  Specifically, Item 2 in Rule 19 states:

2. No Senator in debate shall, directly or indirectly, by any form of words impute to another Senator or to other Senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator.

If Warren’s words caused injury to anyone, it caused injury to the Republicans who had a desire to shoehorn Sessions into office as Attorney General.  While I believe in having a fully operating cabinet for the President, I also believe that our Founding Fathers desired that the litmus test be administered fully and without preferential treatment.  That Litmus Test includes full and impartial debate to lead to a full and fair vote.

If that vote were to take place now, not all the facts would be out and not everything would be fought over on this in a civil debate, and you can’t have that while partisan silencing of the minority party takes place.

If anyone is divorced from reality, it’s the Republican Party for not facing their choices in the mirror.  Talk about hypocrites silencing dissent.

Redmond, Washington…We have a huge problem…

Recently, Microsoft pushed Windows 10 to all who have not installed it yet.  While the one computer I had installed Windows 10 in was working correctly, recent glitches have forced me to revert my traveling laptop with touchscreen to Windows 8.1.

I have spent many months trying and failing to get Windows 10 to work properly for the professional laptop, but having (until tonight) success with the touch screen laptop running it.

Now that I have seen it fail miserably, I fail to see why Microsoft would push such a crappy product into consumers’ PC’s.

To me, Microsoft has lost its’ vision, and should go back to the drawing board for the most comprehensive transformation of an operating system from one that is begrudgingly purchased with several expletives said about the purchase to one that consumers would really enjoy.

Windows 95 was a great OS, so too was Windows 98, 2000 was OK, from what I have heard.  Meanwhile, Windows ME was a disaster, XP did fairly better, Windows 7 is phenomenal, Windows 8 was the belly flop, Windows 8.1 did OK…and 10 did good until several glitches took hold of the registry and decided to crap totally out.

After a rebuild of the Operating system, I will not update to Windows 10.

Frankly, if I could turn both machines to Macs, I would.

I’m sure I’m not the only one to want to do that…

Will John Boehner grow a pair about Michael Grimm? (EDITORIAL)

Instead of a New York 1/Time Warner Cable News reporter being thrown from the balcony in the Rotunda of the Capitol Building like he threatened, it seems that Michael Grimm has taken his career over that balcony instead.

Personally, I have deep concern about the behavior of Congressmen who have gone wildly out of control of their ethical behavior.  The decent and honorable thing Michael Grimm could do is to step away, serve his sentence, let the nation move forward, and try again after some time to think of the consequences of his decisions.

Michael Grimm came to infamy when he threatened the NY1/Time Warner Cable News reporter stationed on Capitol Hill during the State of the Union Address.  It was over a request for comment on the allegations surrounding Grimm in a very contentious tax evasion case, the same case he plead guilty to.  The New York Times released a video stream behind the scenes from NY1.

Clearly, Congressmen Gone Wild is not the most flattering title to cobble video of temperamental Congressional delegates.  But as long as Grimm doesn’t resign, the image of the TEA party being the passionate patriots of this nation is seriously put in question.

I implore you, Congressman Grimm, please do what is right for our Nation, and resign.  You can’t serve your time in both Congress and in prison.  One or the other would have to give way.

James M. Barcus
Anchor/Managing Editor
The News With James Barcus

Cleveland Officers and City of Cleveland sued by Rice Family

PDF of the Lawsuit filed by estate of Tamir Rice

(VARIOUS SOURCES)  Managing Editor’s Note:  I wanted to bring the full document of this lawsuit up top for a format change.  –JB

The family of Tamir Rice has filed a federal lawsuit against the officers who confronted him and the City of Cleveland.

Among the charges alleged in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio against Officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback are use of excessive force, deprivation of civil rights, and failure to secure medical attention for Rice in connection with the November 22, 2014 shooting.  The lawsuit also alleges that the City of Cleveland hiring practices failed to address serious deficiencies in training and supervision of the officers.  The Complete lawsuit is available in the link above.

This makes the third municipality where police officers have targeted African-Americans in lethal force.  The New York Police Department has dealt with the death of Eric Garner for months after Garner died from a chokehold by an officer and Ferguson, Missouri has had businesses burned because of the verdict in the grand jury investigation of now former Officer Darren Wilson, who resigned days after the Grand Jury could not indict him based on the evidence and testimony presented.

All three situations have caused the Justice Department to release new guidelines regarding racial profiling.  The full memorandum is available here.  The new memo “supersedes” a 2003 memorandum sent out under the term of former Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Both Wilson and the NYPD officer were not indicted, and that caused protests and riots in Ferguson, Missouri and across the nation.

Critics are asking why Police Departments are considering those whom they are sworn to “serve and protect” as their enemy.

Federal Investigations are underway still in Ferguson, Missouri; New York, New York; and now Cleveland, Ohio.  They involve Civil Rights and Police Procedures.

Stay Tuned to this story as it is a developing situation and will be updated as details are provided.

Stupidity Becomes You. (WARNING-GRAPHIC PICTURE IN EDITORIAL)

This picture came from Facebook.

This picture came from Facebook user Vertis Hawkins by way of Michael Tiller, who shared it with his followers.  A Woman is holding the child in one arm with a gun (not sure if it’s real or fake) in the other hand.

I warned that this would be a graphic picture.

Obviously, the gun appears real, as there are no markings to indicate the gun is either fake or a toy.  The look of panic in the eyes of the child is real, from what I could see of the picture.

The smile on the holder’s face is real.  However, most of society does not see anything amusing or even mildly humorous about holding a gun to a face of innocence.

We as society must condemn such acts of wanton stupidity for what it is.  It is causing terror for the child, as it has me.

If I had a gun pointed at me…I would either drop to the floor hard, faint, do something in my pants, or a myriad of other possibilities.

To the “adult” in the picture, I am going to shout this with all caps for the intended reaction from me.  THAT GUN IS NOT A TOY!  IT IS A DANGEROUS WEAPON AND SHOULD BE HANDLED WITH THE UTMOST CONSIDERATION FOR SAFETY AND RESPONSIBILITY.  WHAT YOU DID WAS A BONEHEAD MOVE!

Wherever this picture came from, I pray the authorities in that area are looking into this and taking all appropriate moves, including obtaining an arrest warrant for Child Endangerment and cruelty to children.  This woman, whoever she is, made a bonehead move and must pay the price.  If the woman in the picture is adult enough to hold a gun to a child’s face, she’s adult enough to do hard time.  Of course, this is my opinion and not reflective of the judiciary in the jurisdiction where she could be tried.

As for the child, they deserve much better than what they have at the moment.  To be free of this fear and the cruelty that one moment in time frozen forever shows.

My Last Word on this, folks, is that any picture is worth a thousand words.  Don’t make that word Stupid.

Consumer Alert! SquareTrade Warranty not willing to serve…At First

Tonight, James Barcus, being a tireless advocate for consumers, has a consumer alert for you, so pay attention!


“If you use SquareTrade warranty service or have purchased it recently, you may want to look into a different provider soon. I’ve been dealing with them for the last several days, and while they are rebuilding my computer, they have not said when my reimbursement would come for a previous hard disk replacement I did myself since I couldn’t find a service center and the original hard disk was grinding inside, the DVD drive replacement I paid out of pocket for with a local provider, nor the Recovery Media which turned out defective three times so far. (First time was bad disc 2, then the whole thing was sending drivers to devices I didn’t have installed in the laptop, causing conflicts galore.) I have received a huge runaround from every attendant I have talked with, and demanded supervisors, who would say one thing, and not communicate with the others. I have been dealing with them for the last two weeks. They told me they would send the check for what I had to pay for and it would be within 7 business days. Well, it’s been seven business days and no sign. I call them, still the run around.

I urge TigerDirect.com and Tiger Direct to find another warranty service provider and leave Square Trade. I paid $89 for a three year warranty, and I expected service, and didn’t get it. Tiger Direct did me very right and just and I applaud them for it, but the warranty service provider, Square Trade, isn’t trading squarely like their name implies.

–From his personal Facebook Profile tonight.

James Barcus tells The News with James Barcus that he submitted the claim for all three receipts at one time, and that he requested the compensation back on August 2nd, 2014 at 7:58 PM Central time, according to e-mail correspondences he showed The News With James Barcus.  For the last nine days, though, he’s received nothing except a huge runaround, and he has had enough of it.

SquareTrade is offered through many vendors, including Sam’s Club, Tiger Direct, and other electronics stores online and retail.  SquareTrade offers warranty service on an extended basis usually after the manufacturer’s warranty runs out.

Also on the consumer alert tonight, if you have recovery media, it may be loading drivers that you do not necessarily have.  James Barcus also experienced this as he rebuilt his Toshiba Laptop, the very one he had sent off to repair, four times in one weekend last week.

Barcus said, “I found out there was alot of bloat ware and junk in the recovery discs, and I let Toshiba know of the situation, and needless to say they didn’t listen to me at first, but they are replacing the media again, though I expect the same thing this time as before.”

Update 08/12/2014–Barcus tells us that they in fact sent the check USPS to the street address, which would explain why no one was pulling in with the check.  Barcus said to SquareTrade, “I’ve never seen such a level of incompetence.  This is ridiculous!”  The check is expected to be returned to sender.

Barcus also said he was placed on hold for long periods of time, and that he is lucky to have a headset rather than holding the receiver to his ear.

Barcus tells The News, “They did void the check they sent and will deposit it through PayPal.”

Update 08/13/2014–Gone from Improved to worst ever! 

James Barcus has done it again, but this time, they ignored his request for a supervisor. 

And now Mr. Barcus, being the ever persistent watchdog, has demanded of Square Trade Warranty service the job of a certain attendant named “Charles” for being rude, ignoring customer request for supervisor, and not abiding by customer service standards.

All because Barcus sought clarification to try to determine whether he needed to take another week of academic leave for the potential return of the laptop.

“Yes, I did tell the attendant to shut up and let me speak, because he was completely ignorant of the request I submitted to get a supervisor.  I did end up yelling and at that point he hung up on me.  I was tired of the incompetence and rudeness, which I never got from anyone else, so I sent a request to fire the associate who handled my call today.” Barcus told The News

In his e-mail he wrote, Barcus did spell out his demand for his laptop to be returned as stated on the FedEx tracking information and confirmed by attending supervisors on the 12th, when he made his inquiry.  He also stated he would never bring any business to them ever again for the incompetence and stupidity by the telephone representatives.  “All I’ve seen, for the most part, is fraud, and I don’t handle fraud well, I turn it over to people who handle it a whole lot better than I can.” Barcus usually never loses his temper, but after all he’s been through, he couldn’t help it this time and now he’s seeking any consumer advocate’s advice and assistance. 

Update 09/02/2014–Final resolution and vast improvement 

Having been through many phone calls, e-mails, and posts and twitter links, this case has had final resolution, according to James Barcus, the consumer who had enough and took to Twitter to get results.

“I got the laptop back, and no one told me they shut off the radio on the wi-fi, so I called back in and while I was on hold, I figured out what had happened and performed the keyboard function to restore the wi-fi, everything was working and still works and I’m back in school now with a 95.88 grade in my latest class.” Barcus told The News.

Square Trade reached out to Barcus through Twitter and through phone calls, and all had been satisfactory.  

Barcus took to Twitter to say that getting my laptop back would be the true test, as classes would start the following Tuesday.  Once he resumed classes, he came up with a system to use the computers together, networking them with an app called TeamViewer 9.  “It works great and it helps me to face a more receptive posture in the office.  Rather than turning to my side to look, I can be flexible and look either at the monitor on the tower or the monitor on the laptop.  

His viewpoint on SquareTrade has changed, and he would approach it differently, but strongly encouraged supervisors to make sure the operators didn’t talk over the clients 

BREAKING NEWS: 8.2 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Northern Chile near Peru Border

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(From Various Sources)–A massive Earthquake has struck off the coast of Northern Chile near the Peruvian border.  Preliminary measurements have the Earthquake as 8.2 on the Richter Scale.

So far, two people have died, and a Tsunami Warning has been issued for Chile and Peru.  Here is the text from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

000
WEPA40 PHEB 020344
TSUPAC

TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 006
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
ISSUED AT 0344Z 02 APR 2014

THIS BULLETIN APPLIES TO AREAS WITHIN AND BORDERING THE PACIFIC
OCEAN AND ADJACENT SEAS...EXCEPT ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA...
WASHINGTON...OREGON AND CALIFORNIA.

... A TSUNAMI WARNING AND WATCH ARE IN EFFECT ...

A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR

 CHILE / PERU

FOR ALL OTHER AREAS COVERED BY THIS BULLETIN... IT IS FOR
INFORMATION ONLY AT THIS TIME.

THIS BULLETIN IS ISSUED AS ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES.  ONLY
NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE
DECISIONS REGARDING THE OFFICIAL STATE OF ALERT IN THEIR AREA AND
ANY ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IN RESPONSE.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

 ORIGIN TIME -  2347Z 01 APR 2014
 COORDINATES -  19.8 SOUTH   70.8 WEST
 DEPTH       -   10 KM
 LOCATION    -  NEAR THE COAST OF NORTHERN CHILE
 MAGNITUDE   -  8.2

MEASUREMENTS OR REPORTS OF TSUNAMI WAVE ACTIVITY

 GAUGE LOCATION        LAT   LON    TIME        AMPL         PER
 -------------------  ----- ------  -----  ---------------  -----
 JUAN FERNANDEZ       33.6S  78.8W  0215Z   0.16M /  0.5FT  36MIN
 SAN FELIX CL         26.3S  80.1W  0137Z   0.68M /  2.2FT  06MIN
 COQUIMBO CL          30.0S  71.3W  0138Z   0.15M /  0.5FT  34MIN
 CALDERA CL           27.1S  70.8W  0102Z   0.11M /  0.4FT  30MIN
 CHANARAL CL          26.4S  70.6W  0133Z   0.24M /  0.8FT  28MIN
 CALLAO LA-PUNTA PE   12.1S  77.2W  0158Z   0.12M /  0.4FT  38MIN
 ARICA CL             18.5S  70.3W  0116Z   1.83M /  6.0FT  18MIN
 MATARANI PE          17.0S  72.1W  0127Z   0.58M /  1.9FT  08MIN
 PAPOSO CL            25.0S  70.5W  0125Z   0.26M /  0.9FT  22MIN
 PISAGUA CL           19.6S  70.2W  0055Z   2.01M /  6.6FT  12MIN
 MEJILLONES CL        23.1S  70.5W  0103Z   0.86M /  2.8FT  34MIN
 TOCOPILLA CL         22.1S  70.2W  0109Z   0.42M /  1.4FT  10MIN
 DART 32402           26.7S  74.0W  0044Z   0.05M /  0.2FT  44MIN
 ANTOFAGASTA CL       23.7S  70.4W  0034Z   0.25M /  0.8FT  18MIN
 PATACHE CL           20.8S  70.2W  0015Z   1.51M /  5.0FT  10MIN
 IQUIQUE CL           20.2S  70.1W  0005Z   2.11M /  6.9FT  12MIN

 LAT  - LATITUDE (N-NORTH, S-SOUTH)
 LON  - LONGITUDE (E-EAST, W-WEST)
 TIME - TIME OF THE MEASUREMENT (Z IS UTC IS GREENWICH TIME)
 AMPL - TSUNAMI AMPLITUDE MEASURED RELATIVE TO NORMAL SEA LEVEL.
        IT IS ...NOT... CREST-TO-TROUGH WAVE HEIGHT.
        VALUES ARE GIVEN IN BOTH METERS(M) AND FEET(FT).
 PER  - PERIOD OF TIME IN MINUTES(MIN) FROM ONE WAVE TO THE NEXT.

 NOTE - DART MEASUREMENTS ARE FROM THE DEEP OCEAN AND THEY
        ARE GENERALLY MUCH SMALLER THAN WOULD BE COASTAL
         MEASUREMENTS AT SIMILAR LOCATIONS.

EVALUATION

 SEA LEVEL READINGS INDICATE A TSUNAMI WAS GENERATED. IT MAY HAVE
 BEEN DESTRUCTIVE ALONG COASTS NEAR THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER AND
 COULD ALSO BE A THREAT TO MORE DISTANT COASTS. AUTHORITIES SHOULD
 TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION IN RESPONSE TO THIS POSSIBILITY. THIS
 CENTER WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR SEA LEVEL DATA TO DETERMINE THE
 EXTENT AND SEVERITY OF THE THREAT.

 FOR ALL AREAS - WHEN NO MAJOR WAVES ARE OBSERVED FOR TWO HOURS
 AFTER THE ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL OR DAMAGING WAVES HAVE NOT
 OCCURRED FOR AT LEAST TWO HOURS THEN LOCAL AUTHORITIES CAN ASSUME
 THE THREAT IS PASSED. DANGER TO BOATS AND COASTAL STRUCTURES CAN
 CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL HOURS DUE TO RAPID CURRENTS. AS LOCAL
 CONDITIONS CAN CAUSE A WIDE VARIATION IN TSUNAMI WAVE ACTION THE
 ALL CLEAR DETERMINATION MUST BE MADE BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES.

ESTIMATED INITIAL TSUNAMI WAVE ARRIVAL TIMES AT FORECAST POINTS
WITHIN THE WARNING AND WATCH AREAS ARE GIVEN BELOW. ACTUAL
ARRIVAL TIMES MAY DIFFER AND THE INITIAL WAVE MAY NOT BE THE
LARGEST. A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF WAVES AND THE TIME BETWEEN
SUCCESSIVE WAVES CAN BE FIVE MINUTES TO ONE HOUR.

 LOCATION         FORECAST POINT     COORDINATES     ARRIVAL TIME
 --------------------------------    ------------    ------------
 CHILE            IQUIQUE            20.2S 289.9E    0002Z 02 APR
                  ARICA              18.5S 289.7E    0011Z 02 APR
                  ANTOFAGASTA        23.3S 289.6E    0017Z 02 APR
                  CALDERA            27.1S 289.2E    0046Z 02 APR
                  COQUIMBO           29.9S 288.6E    0111Z 02 APR
                  VALPARAISO         33.0S 288.4E    0135Z 02 APR
                  TALCAHUANO         36.7S 286.9E    0219Z 02 APR
                  CORRAL             39.8S 286.5E    0251Z 02 APR
                  GOLFO_DE_PENAS     47.1S 285.1E    0403Z 02 APR
                  EASTER_ISLAND      27.1S 250.6E    0532Z 02 APR
                  PUERTO_MONTT       41.5S 287.0E    0546Z 02 APR
                  PUERTO_WILLIAMS    54.9S 292.4E    0940Z 02 APR
 PERU             MOLLENDO           17.1S 288.0E    0021Z 02 APR
                  SAN_JUAN           15.3S 284.8E    0039Z 02 APR
                  LA_PUNTA           12.1S 282.8E    0131Z 02 APR
                  TALARA              4.6S 278.5E    0218Z 02 APR
                  CHIMBOTE            9.0S 281.2E    0225Z 02 APR
                  PIMENTAL            6.9S 280.0E    0250Z 02 APR


BULLETINS WILL BE ISSUED HOURLY OR SOONER IF CONDITIONS WARRANT.
THE TSUNAMI WARNING AND WATCH WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL
FURTHER NOTICE.

THE U.S. NATIONAL TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER WILL ISSUE PRODUCTS
FOR ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA...WASHINGTON...OREGON...CALIFORNIA.