Is Colin Kaepernick Entitled to a Job?

Is anyone else tired of the sad little shit known as Colin Kaepernick?

Kaepernick made a decision to stage a protest while on his employer’s time. That decision had a consequence, he ultimately lost his job and no other team has picked him up.

Does this need collusion? Not really, why would a team owner want the added drama? He is a mediocre player so there is little reason for  team to wish to include him in a team sport.

Don’t get me wrong, he can certainly protest any issue that he wants provided that it is during HIS time. I do not support the method of his protest. I do however support that he has the right to do so.

If an actor chose to take a knee at the start of each day filming, how long would directors put up with it? Would they be forced to cast them for films?

If an ER doc chose to take a knee at any time a patient came to see them, would the hospitals appreciate the quality of care? Should they be saddled with the disruption?

If I were to participate in a protest on the clock, I would expect negative consequences. I would also expect hem to follow me for a while. We know that prospective employers can call previous employers and ask what our rehire status is… it is a fact of work life. If the prospective employer does not feel comfortable with the candidate, they will be apprehensive to hire. why is Kaepernick any different?

Perhaps if Colin were to include a clause in his contract to be a PROFESSIONAL player on game days and any other time that he is representing his team or the league including a significant financial penalty for breech he might find a team will to take him on.

He shit in his bed, now he has another decision, clean it up, or get comfortable in it.

While I was cleaning up a ton of old email

So, I was bothered by how much old email was cluttering up my inbox and folders.

As I cleared old emails, I stumbled onto email from a KATU commenter that has since passed away. He is missed…

All of those that used to frequent this page commenting the hours away are missed. Yes, we are all facebook friends, but on facebook, we have different factors that prevent us from expressing the way that we want. For some, it may be that they cannot assume their true personae because loved ones do not understand or would not approve.

I hope to see the debates resume at some point. obviously after this long, I am not holding my breath.

You know who you are, and are loved.

North Korea begs for decimation

Isn’t it interesting that the North Koreans are trying to claim that T-Rump declared war? I am guessing that the supreme leader does not allow for education, let alone the subject of history.

It was after all the North Koreans that declared war by invading South Korea on June 25th, 1950.

That painful war, dragged on until July 27th, 1950 when they signed an armistice, not a peace treaty, but an armistice bringing an end to the fighting.

On at least six occasions, the North Koreans had backed out of the armistice. Obviously I do not want to see nuclear arms in play. Even in the “good guys’” hands, they are a terrible idea. But when a psychopath controls them (yes, in this case, both sides) it is a scary situation.

http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/northkorea/2009/05/28/46/0401000000AEN20090528004200315F.HTML       https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/25/world/asia/trump-north-korea.html?mcubz=3

I am not normally a hawk, but it may be time to finish this one. The current regime appears to be hell bent to see some action. I am not saying that T-Rump is not without fault. The Hyper-Tweeting Orangutan has been bickering with Kim Jong Un like a school kid. If it were just saber rattling, we could just move on as long as the war does not heat back up. The events that led me to believe that we should bring this chapter to a decisive conclusion is that Kim Fatty the Third keeps escalating his testing of weapons that put millions/billions at risk.

It is time for us to make Kim yell out: 이런 벙커 버스터는 어디서 나온거야? (Holy shit, where did all of the bunker busters come from?)

 

Barefoot Bandit – once again a topic of discussion

Since yesterday was the anniversary of the Barefoot Bandit’s capture, I felt a followup may be in order.

In July of 2016 he was released from prison. He will not be able to crowd fund his flight school until he is done paying restitution to his victims. I suspect that when he does go to flight school and sit with an instructor there will be some interesting discussions.

There were two movies done on the subject:
The Barefoot Bandit Documentary (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1884273/), another called Fly Colt Fly: Legend of the Barefoot Bandit. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2108517/)

As part of his plea deal, he is not able to profit from publishing rights.

Did you want to read a fictional story in a add-a-line format with the Barefoot Bandit?
http://www.pissedoffpirate.com/barefoot-bandit-meets-griz-redeux/

Church and State – battle on the playground

This morning SCOTUS rules that the Missouri church should not have been denied a grant for recycled rubber playground surface for their playground.

The concern it seems was over the old church and state argument.

To me, this should not have been a concern as it was not an area of political influence.

Perhaps some of the questions of importance in the grant process should have been to determine if the public funds would benefit the public, and not just the kids in the daycare. If the playground was for the sole use of the public, it moves up the list. If it is only for the daycare members’ use, then it could still be considered, but after all of the public playgrounds have been dealt with.

Of course this could be rendered moot if the church was paying it’s fair share of taxes. If that had been the case, the only issue would have been, does this funding lead to any conflicts of interest or promotion of faith? If not, then why not.

Separation of church and state was only intended to make sure that neither side could influence the other. Sadly Christianity is unable to internalize the fact that this is not a Christian nation. We are to be a free nation, capable of enjoying any faith that we wish.

Cyber-security studies continue

As I have pondered it, my studies will continue.

I have too much invested to stop my cyber-security career just because my new team does not utilize it much. I am drawn to the field so it is best to follow that attraction to see where it will take me. My sample tests are showing that I am on the verge of readiness to sit for the Security+ exam. I hope to be able to complete the cert before leaving for Vegas next month.

My new team is nicely inclusive. They are still learning who I am and all that comes with that. With any luck, they will enjoy all that Griz has grown to be.

Another step towards employment salvation

As I move along the timeline of my 90-day letter, my current “manager” is releasing me to my next team.

My new manager is someone that I have known for about 13 years. He is one that helped train me at a previous job and has been a man that I look to for technical leadership.

I am very lucky that he tossed me a life ring. I suppose that it is a testament to my working/living right. He knows my work ethic and has been a facebook friend all these years so he knows who I am outside of work as well. Had I been an ass to work, with the help simply would not have been offered.

There is a ton for me to learn so that I can help add to my new team’s successes, while I try to minimize my drag on their resources during the learning curve.

Major changes at work

For those that have been watching over the years, you know that I no longer discuss who my daytime employer is.

Our company was acquired but another company that had a different business focus. Since our business has elements that are very different, it is causing great challenges in integrating the two.

My team was thought to be safe, and would remain in tact. We ended up getting blindsided and my team was picked apart. My role specifically was divided by two sides of the new company. The big dollar customers went to one, and the rest were going to a portion that they recently bought. Well that second group did not want my role, they were getting rid of my counterpart from their network.

In the end, the team that I was on years ago scooped my role back up and interestingly enough, my wife is taking it over. It was a surprise, and a pleasant one at that. I met her when she was hired by our previous employer. I trained her there and fell in love with her. We were laid off and she was hired here, and helped get me onto the team. It was her turn, she helped train me. Here we are almost ten years later and the cycle continues, my turn to train.

In some ways, this shift is a major setback in my career. On the positive, it is far better than being laid off. They gave me a 90 day project letter. The intent is to keep me if they can find a home for me. The team that was to absorb my role, hem hawed around their desire for my talents, so I started networking. I was in communication with a man that help train me at my previous employer. I had recently congratulated him on his work anniversary and expressed optimism to work in the same company with him again. He asked that I call him and ended up taking me in. I will be working the front lines again as the oldest member of the team. I lose two cool titles, but retain a paycheck. The new team has been very welcoming. From what I have heard, they are young enough to be my kids. Out of all of the jobs that my career has covered, the technical sector has brought me the best friends.

I do need to reflect on if I will continue my cybersecurity studies, but I suspect that I will. I enjoyed the field while I was in it. It falls in well with my history and desires. It helps feed my blackhat side while keeping me busy in the white (and near white) hat. This new team has quite the set of products that it supports, one of which I have a certification in, but am still early in my education on how to manage. There are a couple of products that I am aware of, but do not know and many that I know nothing about. I will miss the SOC and her staff. Being surrounded by vets was very comforting in a way. Our minds blend better, even with the branch rivalries.

Hang on, as this will be a ride.

Facebook Jail (only 24 hours)

So, I landed in Facebook Jail again.

The same day that Facebook announced that they were adding 3000 staffers to patrol Facebook they deemed one of the images on a page that I run to be in violation of their community standards.

Since it has been a while since that page ran afoul of their standards, I only incurred a 24 hour sentence. I have had three days and possibly a week before. I suspect that the team that does this is overseas and not applying an American standard. The last time that this happened, I removed Gigglez as an admin on the page as they were blocking her as well.

I have appealed but do not expect any movement, but they can kiss my ass, as I do not care.

If you have never been in FB Jail, you can view your page, but not do anything other than read or play the games etc. No comments, no shares, not even something as simple as a like on something.

This is a very similar image. I believe that mine was even more covered by the underwear. I do not recall seeing any of the “nose” at all. It was just alluding to the nose. Since they delete the image, I cannot remember for sure. I posted it weeks/months ago on an 18+ only page, as in your account must say that you are 18+ to view the page.

A Bill of Rights issue for Oregon

Well this was certainly unexpected…

Another of many reasons that I continue to no longer be an Oregon resident.

How can any state feel that they are above the U.S. Constitution? Do inalienable rights mean so little to Oregon and her residents that they should be easily cast aside?

Lawsuit Challenges Oregon Law Prohibiting Mathematical Criticism Without a License