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Private Sector Velocity

Filed under: General — JD @ 3:14 pm

[guest post by JD]

This is a new made-up TOTUS phrase, a rhetorical squirrel, used to attempt to imbue their flawed and failing product with the characteristics of one they wish they had. In the instant circumstance, Obama touted to be like Travelocity. Let’s see how they stack up.

If people logged onto Travelocity and after a couple days were able to create an account — after filling out a paper application, and after calling a 1-900 number, then they are very similar.

After hours/weeks/months you then get to go shopping. If Travelocity only showed some of the available hotel rooms, and only to some of the account holders, it wouldn’t last long. If 30% of the people who booked a hotel room on Travelocity arrived at their destination and the hotel had no record of the reservation, their business model would collapse. If Travelocity didn’t bother to create payment and subsidy systems, and allowed the hotels to calculate estimated payments from the government, and had no mechanism at all to take payments for hotel rooms, they would go out of business with private sector velocity.

If Travelocity compelled people to reveal all of their pertinent information, and then created a website that was an abject security nightmare and failure, Travelocity would have multiple class action suits filed with private sector velocity. Fortunately, the Feds in ObamaCare have no legal obligation to inform you that they failed to even try to secure your personal info.

Private sector velocity is a SQUIRREL lie they are trying to sell. Does Travelocity have a tortious interference claim against Teh One?



  1. As soon as I heard the term “private sector velocity” I marveled and fell in awe of the word masters of Dear Leaders regime. These clowns are the biggest liars and spinners that ever existed but still, I’m in awe.

    Comment by Hoagie (5c4f98) — 12/4/2013 @ 3:22 pm

  2. But JD, Travelocity is an evil, corporate, exploiter.
    They aren’t compassionate, and seeking social-justice, like our benevolent government.

    Comment by askeptic (b8ab92) — 12/4/2013 @ 3:41 pm

  3. Obamacare has private sector velocity in exactly one direction…


    Comment by jmac_the_man (d90263) — 12/4/2013 @ 3:59 pm

  4. Wash teh gnome blood off your hands, JD.

    Comment by Colonel Haiku (bc3d23) — 12/4/2013 @ 4:25 pm

  5. Obama believes his tediously trite bullsh*t and that’s only one of his character flaws… Oh, teh enormity!

    Comment by Colonel Haiku (bc3d23) — 12/4/2013 @ 4:27 pm

  6. The TBIC still hasn’t figured out the “build it” thing. He seems to be having problems with the “position of strength” thing, too. And with the “negotiating” thing. What is his golf handicap, anyway?

    Comment by htom (412a17) — 12/4/2013 @ 4:31 pm

  7. He was in the private sector originally no;

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 12/4/2013 @ 4:45 pm

  8. I remember when Travelocity launched and had to hire tens of thousands of Travelocity navigators to help people find their way through the confusing and cantankerous site, don’t you?

    Comment by Steve57 (4f25e8) — 12/4/2013 @ 5:28 pm

  9. Seriously guys, if this doesn’t make you want Obamacare, then whatever.

    Comment by Ag80 (eb6ffa) — 12/4/2013 @ 6:39 pm

  10. i don’t trust obamacare Mr. JD

    I flat out do not trust it

    i don’t think them obamacare people are running a very tight ship, and I tell you what I find i’m very reluctant to give them my personal informations

    that’s just my feelin about it

    Comment by happyfeet (8ce051) — 12/4/2013 @ 8:18 pm

  11. What this claim by the WH screams to me is they are simply parroting the buzzwords fed them by their new “consultants”. As a software engineer, it is easy to recognize the vocabulary of the latest fad of software development methodologies, Agile. Velocity is actually a measure of how many “story points” are completed in each “sprint”. It must be a rush for those consultants to hear their words repeated without critical thought by the person holding what used to be the most powerful position in the world.

    Comment by prowlerguy (f68e84) — 12/4/2013 @ 8:43 pm

  12. One couldn’t imagine any company run this way;

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 12/4/2013 @ 8:54 pm

  13. prowlerguy, probably. The whole lightweight development process fad is a decade obsolete IMO.

    Comment by SPQR (768505) — 12/4/2013 @ 9:17 pm

  14. Communism delivers the goods! Shoes by the ton! 1 pair! 5 Tons of concrete for each shoe! Efficiency to the max!

    Comment by Fred Z (80a49d) — 12/4/2013 @ 9:26 pm

  15. HIPAA and FISMA have very specific reporting requirements once the data is breached. Both outline fines and penalties.
    It is because of these two acts that the House is able to question them.

    is a story about how the security was ignored even though the senior official who normally made the accreditation decision resigned before approving the system. His bosses had signature authority and signed it off by “accepting the risk”. Because the accreditation decisions are part of FISMA and HIPAA the legal obligation to report does exist.
    If your data were to be exposed there are requirements that you be notified. A 5,000$ per incident fine is one of the penalties the agency responsible for faces with PII breaches and has to pay out of its operating budget, not from the federal trough.
    After that it is up to our elected officials and their DOJ appointees to take action to hold them accountable.
    Of course everyone knows that will go nowhere just like the ATF and IRS shenanigans. Senior officials will be forced to resign but they will still collect their pension.

    Comment by vor2 (aad62f) — 12/5/2013 @ 1:34 am

  16. global warming will kill us before this website gets fixed

    Comment by Joe (debac0) — 12/5/2013 @ 5:55 am

  17. Apophis will before hand.

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 12/5/2013 @ 6:04 am

  18. This, children, is what happens when you choose to toddle along after the Buggered A-hole.

    Air fresheners will not touch your stink.

    Comment by gary gulrud (dd7d4e) — 12/5/2013 @ 7:00 am

  19. 10.Comment by happyfeet (8ce051) — 12/4/2013 @ 8:18 pm

    I tell you what I find i’m very reluctant to give them my personal informations

    The site is so slow – how can anybody use it to steal information?

    Comment by Sammy Finkelman (1e81da) — 12/5/2013 @ 7:08 am

  20. OT

    I don’t know why there is not more discussion on what appears to me to be a major effort in Orwellian Magical Thinking (“OMT”).
    From the article below (“Transgendered Students Face New Threat”:
    “…repeal a law that simply makes sure all students know they can have a fair chance to succeed at school.”

    A fair chance to succeed in school depends on the power to demand the use of the bathroom and locker room of your choice in spite of what others may think, denying their freedom to choose who they will disrobe in front of?

    If you ask me, and I realize many of you haven’t, the bigger threat that transgender students have are adults who want to make their situation a public debate.
    Being “nonjudgmental” as some would like it is a logical impossibility; what is really happening is changing what the judgment is.
    The traditional version is that in a public setting sexual identity is largely determined by readily observed physical characteristics.
    The newly proposed version is that sexual identity, even in a public setting, is determined by what a person says is in their head.
    In the plainest sense, a “judgment” is simply a decision,
    and one must judge between which definition one wants to use, which opinion one wants to put into practice.

    To be blunt at the risk of being flippant, if it walks like a duck, flies like a duck, and quacks like a duck, there is a good reason to treat it like a duck, even if it thinks it is a goose.
    If a person has a penis and testicles, the prevailing opinion of simple biological reality is that such a person is a male.
    Now, if that person is emotionally traumatized by being forced to use a boy’s/men’s locker room, then they shouldn’t be made to use one,
    but neither should other people be forced to accept that person in their midst if it is emotionally distressing to them as well.

    Sports participation? Even if a person with testicles identifies as a girl/woman, once they get past the early teens they have more testosterone which gives more muscle bulk which gives a competitive advantage in many (if not most) sports.
    For those old enough to know who Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs are, the only thing their competition demonstrated was that a woman champion at the top of her game in tennis could beat an also-ran male pro 30 years or so past his prime.
    “So what?” should have been the response to that.

    Believe it or not, I have great sympathy for a child in such a situation. For the adults pushing it as an agenda, my sympathy is tempered with other feelings, like thinking they are actually doing more harm than good.

    Comment by MD in Philly (f9371b) — 12/5/2013 @ 8:14 am

  21. Did Kayak and Amazon ask Obama to stop comparing their websites to his?

    Comment by ratbeach (477e41) — 12/5/2013 @ 10:26 am

  22. You should look up that recent article on Bobby Riggs and his gambling debts and the Billie Jean King/Bobby Riggs game.

    Chances are that he threw the game so the mob he was in with could make a payoff.

    Comment by luagha (5cbe06) — 12/5/2013 @ 11:29 am

  23. Comment by MD in Philly (f9371b) — 12/5/2013 @ 8:14 am

    30-years past his prime yet still able to plausibly tank a match.

    Comment by askeptic (b8ab92) — 12/5/2013 @ 12:17 pm

  24. You mean to tell me it wasn’t a farce, but a fake-farce?

    I’m not even a liberal, but it seems that more and more stuff that I “know” isn’t true.

    Lest I be really surprised, the moon isn’t really made of cheese, is it, nor cookie?

    Comment by MD in Philly (f9371b) — 12/5/2013 @ 1:11 pm

  25. It gets worse, MD.

    Comment by nk (dbc370) — 12/5/2013 @ 1:16 pm

  26. nk,
    I’m not sure what to say after that.

    Comment by MD in Philly (f9371b) — 12/5/2013 @ 1:19 pm

  27. Extensive research has showed that the coyote nervous system undergoes a “glitch” upon hearing “beep-beep”, thereby allowing the road-runner an unfair advantage.
    Progressive Movements are forming to deal with this rip in the social-justice continuum.

    Comment by askeptic (b8ab92) — 12/5/2013 @ 2:35 pm

  28. Thank you, askeptic, thank you. Much relieved am I.

    It will be interesting to see how that plays out, though. I imagine the vegan and PETA part of the left are just fine with the mean coyote having to settle for something easier to catch, like a plant.

    Comment by MD in Philly (f9371b) — 12/5/2013 @ 3:29 pm

  29. The whole lightweight development process fad is a decade obsolete IMO.

    Except — in my experience — it works better than waterfall. Which works better is probably more a function of the problem being solved than the methodology.

    Comment by Rob Crawford (45d991) — 12/5/2013 @ 5:06 pm

  30. news:

    I read today that (someone said) it should have cost $5 million to $10 million to build. This might come from a House committee.

    That kind of makes sense since how much does it really have to do?

    Instead the cost is climbing toward $700 million and may reach $1 billion before this is all over.

    Comment by Sammy Finkelman (3bb3ae) — 12/6/2013 @ 10:33 am

  31. I remember when Travelocity launched and had to hire tens of thousands of Travelocity navigators to help people find their way through the confusing and cantankerous site, don’t you?

    Comment by Mark (3fb37a) — 12/6/2013 @ 7:40 pm

  32. As an aside, it still blows my mind to call home and hear my dad’s voice on the answering machine.

    Comment by Steve57 (0ffd93) — 12/6/2013 @ 9:18 pm

  33. Every once in a while nature throws something at me.

    Comment by Steve57 (0ffd93) — 12/7/2013 @ 2:01 pm

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