Dec 14, 2017

Scott Walker Will Take Wrong Lesson from Roy Moore Defeat

Wisconsin for whites, vote Republican in 2018, say white
supremacists. But decency can triumph against hate.

Wisconsin Republicans Will Attempt to Stop Black Voters in 2018, White Supremacists Remain Emboldened

The defeat this week of the child-molesting Roy Moore in Alabama—supported by Donald Trump, Scott Walker and far-too many Republicans—courses thorough the political world.

Hey, decency can win elections.

A signal of the coming 2018 anti-Republican wave? Could be.

Report Richard Fausset and Campbell Robertson:

The word traveled, urgently and insistently, along the informal networks of black friends, black family and black co-workers: Vote.

[Black Alabama human beings] voted out of a more general concern that the country, in the Trump era, was going back to a place best left in the past.

'There’s no state in America where black people recognize the horrors of turning back the clock more than the State of Alabama. There is a consciousness about this history in the African-American community,' said Bryan Stevenson, the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, which is based in Montgomery, (New York Times).

History instructs.

Today, there's no state in America where being black is as dangerous to life, liberty and health today as in Wisconsin. Lynchings are police executions of blacks, and wrongful convictions. Harassment and public trolling is accomplished by Scott Walker and assorted Republicans on municipal police units. No need for a burning cross, when a state has Scott Walker.

A prediction

Naturally, Scott Walker, Republicans and white poll workers will do their worst to obstruct black, young and progressive voters, lest Wisconsin becomes an Alabama with black folks leading the way towards defeat of white supremacists in 2018.

Voter obstruction in Wisconsin, as bad it has been since 2011, is a project with many more assets to be utilized.

But voting is simply one important deliverable of the Wisconsin anti-black project.

By way of explanation, in Wisconsin, if you have darker skin, many whites and most Republicans DO NOT LIKE YOU.

You're black, there are perceived associated problems with your character, intelligence and decency, and you surely do not belong in a voting booth diluting elections and canceling out the votes of white folks who know better. [Public service tip: If you're black, avoid Fitchburg, Wisconsin in particular: Cops are Republican and unmoored; City Hall crats are corrupt; and the Common Council is a disgrace.]

In Wisconsin, blacks folks, aka the urban vote, are concentrated in Milwaukee and the south-eastern quadrant of the state, including Kenosha, Racine, Rock and Dane counties.

One task for white supremacist Republicans is to stop unwanted voters in these locales.

One solution

If there is not a voter-protection infrastructure in Milwaukee, for example, Scott Walker and other white supremacists win in 2018. It's that easy. Voter protection.

One hopes the Democratic Party realizes the stakes. As a life-long Wisconsinite, I don't think they get it. I know my black friends and family agree.

Dec 13, 2017

Department of Defense Contracts—Dec. 13, 2017

Here are United States Department of Defense Contracts for Dec. 13, 2017.

Contracts valued at $7 million or more are announced each business day at 5 p.m., eastern, at the U.S. Department of Defense.

From the U.S. Department of Defense, Contracts

Release No: CR-240-17
Dec. 13, 2017

CONTRACTS

AIR FORCE

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Warner Robins, Georgia, has been awarded a $444,600,000 firm-fixed-price requirements contract for support of the AAQ-24 large aircraft infrared counter-measure direct sales public private partnership for repair of 34 national stock numbers.  Work will be performed in Warner Robins, Georgia, with an expected completion date of Dec. 14, 2022.  This contract involves 3.9 percent foreign military sales funds in the amount of $17,200,000 to Canada and Bahrain. This contract was a sole-source acquisition.  Air Force Sustainment Center, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, is the contracting activity (FA8522-18-D-0002).

The Boeing Co., El Segundo, California, has been awarded a $21,920,514 modification (P00022) to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (FA8819-15-C-0007) for space-based space surveillance block 10 sustainment. Work will be performed in El Segundo, California; and Colorado Springs, Colorado, with an expected completion date of June 20, 2022.  Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $14,180,000 are being obligated at the time of award.  The Space Superiority Systems Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is the contracting activity.

ENSCO Inc., Aerospace Sciences and Engineering Division, Falls Church, Virginia, has been awarded a $13,565,300 modification (P00011) to a previously awarded contract (FA8806-17-C-0001) for the continued support in engineering, architectural, and integration efforts. The modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $187,701,442.  Work will be performed at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California; and Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, with an expected completion date of Oct. 31, 2022.  Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $900,000 are being obligated at the time of award.  Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is the contracting activity.

The University of Pennsylvania, Linguistics Data Consortium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has been awarded a $7,376,831 cost-reimbursable contract for conflicting account information resources in omnivorous media streams data corpus. Work will be performed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with an expected completion date of June 13, 2022.  Fiscal 2017 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $324,763 are being obligated at the time of award.  This contract was a competitive acquisition, and 49 offers were received.  Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, New York, is the contracting activity (FA8750-18-C-0013).

NAVY

General Dynamics Mission Systems Inc., Scottsdale, Arizona, is being awarded a $198,082,976 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the continued procurement, manufacturing, testing and delivery of AN/USC-61(C) digital modular radio (DMR) systems, high frequency distribution amplifier group components, spares for both systems, and engineering services to support their continued fielding and maintenance plans.  DMR is a modular, software reprogrammable radio system with embedded cryptography that provides all radio frequency (RF) to-baseband and baseband-to-RF conversion functions required for line-of-sight (LOS), beyond LOS and satellite communications systems operating between 2.0 megahertz to 2.0 gigahertz.  This contract has a five-year ordering period up to the contract award amount.  There is one option which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of the contract to an estimated $208,938,908.  Work will be performed in Scottsdale, Arizona, and is expected to be completed by December 2022.  No funds will be obligated at the time of award.  Contract actions will be issued and funds obligated as individual delivery orders.  Fiscal 2017 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds will be placed on the contract with an initial delivery order issued shortly after award of the base contract.  Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  This contract is a sole-source acquisition, therefore, it was not competitively procured pursuant to the authority of 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1) - only one responsible source (Federal Acquisition Regulation Subpart 6.302-1).  The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity (N00039-18-D-0002).

CSRA LLC, Washington, District of Columbia, is being awarded a not-to-exceed $49,300,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to develop, support and upgrade modernized training devices for the Navigations Seamanship Shiphandling Trainers program. Work will be performed in Newport, Rhode Island (47.5 percent); San Diego, California (20.3 percent); Norfolk, Virginia (20.3 percent); Jacksonville, Florida (1.7 percent); Everett, Washington (1.7 percent); Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (1.7 percent); Yokosuka, Japan (1.7 percent); Sasebo, Japan (1.7 percent); Rota, Spain (1.7 percent); and Bahrain (1.7 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2022.  Fiscal 2017 other procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $3,390,509 are being obligated at time of award, none of which expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  This contract was competitively procured via a full and open competitive request for proposals; three offers were received.  The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Orlando, Florida, is the contracting activity (N61340-18-D-0002).

MTFA Architecture Inc.*, Arlington, Virginia, is being awarded a maximum amount $30,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-quantity, architect-engineering contract for engineering and design services for general purpose facilities at various administrative facilities within the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Washington area of responsibility (AOR).  Work will be performed within the NAVFAC Washington AOR, including but not limited to, Maryland (45 percent); Washington, District of Columbia (30 percent); Virginia (20 percent); and may also be performed in the remainder of the U.S. (5 percent).  The term of the contract is not to exceed 60 months with an expected completion date of December 2022.  Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Navy) contract funds in the amount of $10,000 are obligated on this award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  No task orders are being issued at this time.  Future task orders will be primarily funded by operations and maintenance (Navy).  This contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website, with five proposals received.  The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Washington, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity (N40080-18-D-0004).

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Herndon, Virginia, is being awarded a $23,160,822 firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-17-C-6327) for Joint Counter-Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (CREW) Increment One Block One (I1B1) systems full-rate production in support of the Expeditionary Warfare Program Office. CREW systems provide combat troops protection against radio-controlled improvised explosive devices. CREW systems are designed to provide protection for foot soldiers, vehicles and permanent structures. The Joint CREW I1B1 is the first-generation system that develops a common open architecture across all three capabilities and provides protection for worldwide military operations. This integrated design maximizes commonality across all capabilities, reduces life cycle costs and provides increased protection against worldwide threats.  Work will be performed in San Diego, California (97 percent); and Sierra Vista, Arizona (3 percent), and is expected to be complete by August 2022.  Fiscal 2017 other procurement (Navy) funding in the amount of $9,942,971; fiscal 2017 other procurement (Air Force) funding in the amount of $9,288,525; and fiscal 2016 other procurement (Air Force) funding in the amount of $3,929,326 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.

Huntington Ingalls Inc., Newport News, Virginia, is being awarded a $9,235,772 modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-08-C-2110) for the material and advance planning of the post-shakedown availability/selected restricted availability (PSA/SRA) of USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).  This modification will provide for the continuation of PSA/SRA advanced planning work to prepare for and make ready for the PSA/SRA execution work on USS Gerald R. Ford.  In addition, this effort includes material requirements needed for execution of the CVN-78 PSA/SRA.  The advance planning work will be performed in Newport News, Virginia, and is expected to complete by April 2018.  Fiscal 2016 and 2010 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding in the amounts $3,780,000 and $500,000 respectively, totaling $4,280,000 will be obligated at time of award and not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.

ARMY

General Dynamics Information Technology, Fairfax, Virginia, was awarded a $10,654,076 firm-fixed-price contract to provide all personnel, supplies, material, tools, equipment, and services necessary to provide operations and training services to all types of Army Reserve medical units and to military services’ active, National Guard, and reserve units. Bids were solicited via the Internet with six received. Work will be performed in Dublin, California; Augusta, Georgia; and Sparta, Wisconsin, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2018. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $10,654,076 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Health Contracting Activity, San Antonio, Texas, is the contracting activity (W81K04-18-C-0001).

*Small Business

Lesson for Wisconsin Is Don't Become Alabama

On Nov. 10, Gov. Scott Walker defended sexual predator Roy Moore, saying allegations of child sexual assault are not credible, comparing women's complaints with unfounded rumors that Walker had a "love child," (Wisconsin State Journal).

Walker reversed himself three days later after widespread criticism left Walker looking ridiculous.

Walker's support for Moore is one of the stories where his character is on display, explaining why Walker avoids unscripted public appearances where he has to answer questions.

Now, as the nation celebrates simple decency, the fundamentalist Walker is back to making Wisconsin into Alabama, if we let this project continue.

Dec 12, 2017

Department of Defense Contracts—Dec. 12, 2017

Here are United States Department of Defense Contracts for Dec. 12, 2017.

Contracts valued at $7 million or more are announced each business day at 5 p.m., eastern, at the U.S. Department of Defense.

From the U.S. Department of Defense, Contracts

Release No: CR-239-17
Dec. 12, 2017

CONTRACTS

NAVY

Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, is being awarded a not-to-exceed $302,439,830 for modification P00001 to a previously awarded undefinitized contract (N00019-18-C-1002).  This modification is for the procurement of 618 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) air-to-ground missiles (AGM-154 Block III C), containers, component parts/support equipment (spares) and engineering technical assistance for the government of Saudi Arabia, under the Foreign Military Sales program.  Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona (36.6 percent); Glascoed, Wales, United Kingdom (15.6 percent); Dallas, Texas (11.7 percent); Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom (6.2 percent); Vergennes, Vermont (5.3 percent); Minneapolis, Minnesota (3.4 percent); Richardson, Texas (2.9 percent); Andover, Massachusetts (2.5 percent); McAlester, Oklahoma (2.0 percent); Joplin, Missouri (2.0 percent); Tulsa, Oklahoma (1.9 percent); Goleta, California (1.6 percent); Williamsport, Pennsylvania (1.5 percent); Berryville, Arkansas (1.1 percent); Bohemia, New York (1.1 percent); Orchard Park, New York (1.0 percent); Pinellas Park, Florida (0.8 percent); Boulder, Colorado (0.7 percent); Valencia, California (0.4 percent); and other U.S. locations (1.6 percent), and is expected to be completed in June 2022.  Foreign military sales funds in the amount of $148,195,517 are being obligated on this award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

KBR Wyle Technology Solutions LLC, Columbia, Maryland, is being awarded a $69,301,409 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of installation, systems integration, test and evaluation, in-service engineering, logistics, repair and validation, training, lab maintenance, quality assurance, and technical management services for the Multi-Mission Datalink System.  These services are in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division’s Combat Integrated and Identification Systems Division for Systems Engineering and Technical Services Department (AIR-4.11.2).  Work will be performed in St. Inigoes, Maryland (50 percent); and various ship/shore locations (50 percent), and is expected to be completed in January 2023.  No funds will be obligated at time of award.  Funds will be obligated on individual task orders as they are issued.  This contract was competitively procured via an electronic request for proposal, one offer was received.  The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N00421-18-D-0001).

Centurum Information Technology Inc., Marlton, New Jersey, is being awarded a $54,306,493 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide depot level repair and restoration support to include fabrication, manufacturing, re-manufacturing, restoration, repair, overhaul, and calibration of electro-mechanical and mechanical units both on ground and airborne; assemblies, subassemblies, and test equipment; and worldwide technical support to the fleet, shore facilities and government agencies.  This three-year contract includes two, 12-month option periods which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to an estimated $90,699,373.  Work will be performed in San Diego, California, and is expected to be completed Dec. 11, 2020.  If options are exercised, work will continue through Dec. 11, 2022.

No funds will be obligated at the time of award.  Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Navy) are primarily anticipated to be obligated as individual orders are issued.  Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  This contract was competitively procured via a request for proposal published on the Federal Business Opportunities website and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command e-Commerce Central website.  Three offers were received and one was selected for award.  The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity (N66001-18-D-0153).

AIR FORCE

The Boeing Co., Layton, Utah, has been awarded a $40,612,956 modification (P00054) to a previously awarded contract (FA8214-15-C-0001) for mod 7 wafer instrumentation support kits in support of the minuteman force development evaluation test flight program at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.  Work will be performed at Boeing Defense, Space, and Security, Layton, Utah, with an expected completion date of May 11, 2022.  Fiscal 2016 and 2017 missile procurement funds are being obligated at the time of award.  Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the contracting activity.

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

Magpul Industries Corp.,* Austin, Texas, has been awarded a $12,792,000 firm-fixed-price, definite-quantity contract for magazine cartridges. This was a competitive acquisition with three responses received. This is a one-time buy with no option periods. Locations of performance are Texas and Wyoming, with a Sept. 10, 2018, performance completion date.  Using military services are Army, Air Force and Marine Corps. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2018 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime, Columbus, Ohio (SPE7L4-18-C-0028).

Heart & Core LLC,* Minnetonka, Minnesota, has been awarded a maximum $7,920,000 modification (P00004) exercising the first one-year option of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-17-D-1018) with four one-year option periods for tan and brown moisture-wicking t-shirts. The modification brings the maximum dollar value of the contract to $11,381,418 from $3,461,418. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Locations of performance are Minnesota and California, with a Dec. 15, 2018, performance completion date. Using military services are Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2018 through 2019 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

*Small Business
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Making of a Murderer Appellate Decision Shows American Police State at Work

Image -Kathe Kollwitz, (1867-1945). Kollwitz is a major
anti-fascist artist who lived in Germany.
Update: Judges David Hamilton, Frank Easterbrook, Michael Kanne and Diane Sykes of the Seventh Circuit are dishonest people. Hamilton in his rush to reverse the federal court decision that would have freed Brendan Dassey confused Bobby Dassey with his older brother, Brendan Dassey. JFC. Critical reading.
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When Richard Posner announced his resignation from the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in September 2017, it was clear real people would get hurt in his absence from the bench.

Posner blew the whistle on the federal judiciary, telling Adam Liptak in the New York Times that judges are not-so-judicious and often vicious: "there are others who are just, you know, reactionary beasts. They’re reactionary beasts because they want to manipulate the statutes and the Constitution in their own way," said Posner.

Posner had people like the innocent-and-convicted-anyway Brendan Dassey in mind.

Dassey was railroaded by east-central Wisconsin human garbage and convicted of crimes of which the cops knew Dassey to be innocent. The case drew outrage after it was featured in Making of a Murderer.

The conviction was reversed this year in federal court. Now, reactionary beasts on the Seventh Circuit reinstated the conviction in (16-3397), Dassey v. Dittman last week.

There is almost never accountability for the inhumane infliction against the innocent. Police and prosecutors remain immune to virtually any crime they inflict.

In Dassey v. Dittman, Judges David Hamilton, Frank Easterbrook, Michael Kanne and Diane Sykes of the Seventh Circuit are reactionary beasts, dishonestly and indifferently snuffing out an innocent, young life.

I wish Posner had been around for just a few months more.

Writes James Warren:

It's ironic — maybe tragic — that Richard Posner, generally conceded to be perhaps the most influential judge-academic of his generation and the most influential judge not on the Supreme Court, suddenly and surprisingly quit the Chicago appeals court and retired in September at a still prolific 78. If he were around, the odds are that he would have voted with the dissenters, made it 4-4 and thus affirmed the earlier reversal of Dassey's conviction.

But no. Dassey will remain in prison, it would appear, until he dies. It might prompt you to download the Netflix series. And, as you watch, be reminded of the strengths of journalism — but how even the most meticulously detailed conclusions can lead ultimately to exasperation, not satisfaction, and precious little attention. 

So, an innocent life is extinguished, Dassey is gone, unless the United States Supreme Court accepts his case when it's appealed.

Exasperation, disgust, and revulsion are features thinking people note in examining the United States criminal justice system. These are not emotions in this context, they're a formless creature of malice and indifference that is the American criminal justice system that exudes what it inflicts.

Whether the victim is Penny Brummer, or Brendan Dassey, the perpetrators are cops and prosecutors, and we are mostly by-standers.