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Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Happy Birthday Wild Bill

I have a very good friend that I lost touch with when I left Guam. His name is William Michael "Wild Bill" Weldon. He was born in Massachusetts today, I think in 1962, so he would be about 42 today.

I served with him in Hawai'i and Guam, and I miss him dearly. If you know a Bill Weldon, a real quiet guy who is balding, kinda round in the middle, loves comic books, he might be the guy. Please contact me. I love this guy like a brother and I miss him.

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An interesting point of view

This article, Mentally Unfit for Command, brings up some interesting points.

Things like:
Remember just before the Democratic National Convention when Teresa Heinz Kerry gave the press a lecture on bringing civility back to political discourse? Of course, she blames the current incivility on those unpatriotic, treasonous, cowards George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. But when one reporter asked her the clarify one of her comments she, in typical Kerry style, denied what she had in fact said only minutes before, and then, in her typically civil way, told the reporter to "shove it." This little episode is not merely an amusing tale; it is a microcosm of the Kerry for President campaign.
I liked this part:
BUT LET'S NOT TALK about Vietnam. Just as any mention of September 11 is "disgusting" this campaign season, unless it is used to bash the president, criticism of an opponent's Vietnam era activity is only tasteful if done by Democrats -- as when John Kerry, shortly after stating that he wasn't going to make George Bush's national guard service an issue, made George Bush's national guard service an issue...
This article is a very good read, I highly suggest you follow the link above and read it.

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A surprising Republican

I was pleasantly surprised to hear about this speaker at the RNC last night. Ron Silver has had several appearances on The West Wing TV show, where I thought everybody was extremely liberal. I read in an article that Republicans could not get a job on that show. Well, Ron Silver did, most notably as a Democratic consultant.

Here are his remarks from last night:
I want to thank the President and the Republican Party for holding this
event in my hometown, my father's hometown, my grandfather's and great
grandfather's birthplace.
Just over 1,000 days ago, 2,605 of my neighbors were murdered at the World
Trade Center -- men, women and children -- as they began their day on a
brilliantly clear New York autumn morning, less than four miles from where I
am now standing.
We will never forgive. Never forget. Never excuse!
At the end of World War II, General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Allied
Commander of the South Pacific, said:
"It is my earnest hope - indeed the hope of all mankind - that from this
solemn occasion a better world shall emerge out of the blood and carnage of
the past, a world found upon faith and understanding, a world dedicated to the
dignity of man and the fulfillment of his most cherished wish for freedom,
tolerance and justice."
The hope he expressed then remains relevant today.
We are again engaged in a war that will define the future of humankind.
Responding to attacks on our soil, America has led a coalition of countries
against extremists who want to destroy our way of life and our values.
This is a war we did not seek.
This is a war waged against us.
This is a war to which we had to respond.
History shows that we are not imperialists . . .
but we are fighters for freedom and democracy.
Even though I am a well-recognized liberal on many issues confronting our
society today, I find it ironic that many human rights advocates and outspoken
members of my own entertainment community are often on the front lines to
protest repression, for which I applaud them but they are usually the first
ones to oppose any use of force to take care of these horrors that they
catalogue repeatedly.
Under the unwavering leadership of President Bush, the cause of freedom
and democracy is being advanced by the courageous men and women serving in our
Armed Services.
The President is doing exactly the right thing.
That is why we need this President at this time!
I am grateful for the chance to speak tonight to express my support for
our Commander-in-Chief, for our brave troops, and for the vital cause which
they have undertaken.
General Dwight Eisenhower's statement of 60 years ago is true today . . .
"United in this determination and with unshakable faith in the cause for
which we fight, we will, with God's help, go forward to our greatest victory."
Thank you.
It's nice to know that there are Republicans in TinselTown.

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Apple News

I used to be a Mac Guy. My first real computer was an Apple ][, and in 1985 I bought a Fat Mac. I was a Mac Guy for over 15 years, then one day the wife started buying Windows computers. Don't look at me, I didn't have any say in the matter.

Anyway, here's a look at the new iMac G5. It's so cool I wish I had the $2G's to get one.

Check it out. The grass really is greener on the other side of the fence.

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Monday, August 30, 2004

Some Warhammer pictures

When I was at the Memphis World of Battle I took a couple of pictures of my army for you. Here you go.

This closeup is of a Dreadnought, controlled by an ancient Space Marine who is encased into a sarcophagus at the moment of death, so he can continue to serve his chapter. This guy has three weapons, a Plasma Cannon for a right arm, which spits out an area affecting bolt of plasma, a Close combat weapon on the left arm, and a hard-to-see Storm Bolter (think double .50 cal machine gun) underneath the CCW.




Here's the whole army, about 3,250 points before I start adding in options and extras.



This is 4 squads of infantry mounted in APC's, a squad of Terminators in a Land Raider Tank/APC, a Command squad, two squads of Devastators, an Assault squad, two Dreadnoughts, Land Speeder, and a Predator tank. I'm thinking of adding another squad of infantry, but I'm not using all of what I have now. Maybe, maybe, maybe.

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The NYT gets it all wrong again

The New York Times shows its Socialist stripes, Abolish the Electoral College.

What they do not know (or fail to care) is the reason why things are set up the way they are.

The United States are exactly that, 50 separate states that are united into a common cause and goal. Each state is a separate entity and is treated as such in every facet of the Constitution.

The popular vote is nothing when it comes to the Constitution. The Founding Fathers knew well the dangers of a Democracy, which is why we are a Representative Republic. Each state gathers together and determines who they want to be president, not the individual voters. This is why we occasionally have had the uncomfortable situation where a candidate loses the popular vote but wins in the Electoral College.

The States, not the People are represented in both houses of Congress. It used to be that the state legislators elected Senators until passage of the 17th Amendment.

To do away with the Electoral College is one step closer to a Democracy, which means will of the mob. If we had a true democracy (and with the Internet this becomes near reality) and I could convince 51% that it is open season on Mexicans (or blacks, or Jews, et. al.) then what kind of society would we have? Certainly not by the rule of law.

You decide, but quickly. You might be in the next open season.

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Time out for mental health

I didn't find this surprising: Yes, Virginia, There Is A Culture War.

This comes from Dr. Dean Edell. I know for two reasons, A) he is the only nationally syndicated MD on the radio, and B) I have listened to him and know he is rather Liberal.
A national syndicated radio medical-advice show host recently reported on the findings of a study on the effectiveness of group therapy in treating depression. The most interesting finding of the study, he said, was that group therapy was found to be effective for women, but not for men.
I believe this, not because of any study, but through practical experience. I have always been uneasy in group therapy sessions and I do not find them as having any value to me.

But here's the interesting part:
I don’t know about you, but I did not find that to be a shocker. What did shock me was the conclusion the talk show host drew from this finding. Before I divulge what that was, I would ask you to consider the finding, assume its validity, and decide what should be the next step, given that depressed women benefit from group therapy and depressed men do not.

Would you conclude that

A) we should seek other ways to treat depression in men

or

B) we should teach men to share their feelings more?

Depending on your answer, I’ll bet I can guess your political leaning and your opinion on a whole host of apparently unrelated issues. (This ability to divine a person’s thoughts from one opinion is not a gift of mine, but something I have learned from Thomas Sowell’s book "Conflict of Visions.")
What is your choice? I think mine should be obvious given my views on things, especially since I've been through this firsthand as well.

I'm not going to give the answer away, you'll just have to read the article to get the answer.
These differences of opinion are repeated in matters large and small in every aspect of our social and political life. They derive from conflicting views of the human condition and they are an example of what the culture war is about. These conflicting views are what this election is about and why we are more divided than we have been perhaps since the election of 1864.
For those of you who are history deprived, 1864 was the darkest days of the Civil War, when President Lincoln was trying to get reelected. It was when the country was split into two pieces, and even the Union side was beginning to split over the cost of the war, in materials, taxes and lives. It was only through the strength, determination and sheer will that Lincoln held the Union together. We owe so much to that one man.

But I digress. Read the article to find out which side of the fence you are on.

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Danger Will Robinson!

Something about the OSCE, Foreign Observers of US Vote Threaten 'Catastrophe,' Group Warns.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is going to monitor our elections it seems, whether we want them to or not. And at it's head is most certainly a person of questionable character.
[Florida Democratic Congressman Alcee] Hastings was elected July 9 as president of the division at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) that will be charged with the task.

Hastings became Florida's first African American U.S. District Court judge in 1979, nominated by then President Jimmy Carter. But nine years later, Hastings was impeached by the U.S. House for taking bribes from the federal bench and for perjury. The U.S. Senate subsequently convicted Hastings on the charges and removed him from office.
The Congressman is partisan, bribeable, and has no obvious morals other than self-serving ones, considering he was impeached from his bench in 1988.

And this is a man who will be a "neutral observer" of our election process? I don't think so. Not by a long shot. President Bush could win Florida by 10,000 votes, verified three times and it is a good chance that this guy will still scream that the "election was stolen AGAIN."

Someone should kick the OSCE right out of the country. Please do it quickly.

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A fun read

Here is something that should start your day off with a chuckle: The Smell of Fear.

It sums up to date the raucous uproar that is facing the Kerry campaign, including his own "527 friends" indirectly biting him in the butt.
Kerry -- like every other lib -- can dish it out but he can't take it. American television has been deluged for months by the most venomous of the liberal "527" groups, such as MoveOn.org and their ilk. There wasn't even a "tsk tsk" from Vichy John and his boys when those 527s paid for TV ads that compared George Bush to Adolf Hitler. But now, with the Swiftees' own 527 putting ads on TV, suddenly Kerry wants to stop any of these groups from putting any ads on TV. Well, waaaah!
I couldn't have said it any better myself. Granted you never saw the "Bush is Hitler" ads on your TV, but that was only because they came out on the internet first. If it had been up to internal voting instead of a popularity contest, those ads would have been on every TV in America, no doubt about it. Liberals have no conscience when it comes to things like this. They never ask themselves, "Have we gone too far with this?" To them, too far is not far enough. If you have any doubt, just look at what they say and do. Look at how far they are willing to go to make their point.

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Friday, August 27, 2004

From the party of tolerance and diversity

This comes from this post, with the graphic of a scratched up Bush sticker. The caption reads, "A person of tolerance and diversity keyed my car."

Well, this person keyed my blog. I submit it to you, uncut and unedited:
Bush is a puppet of the NeoCons. Like our good friends to the north said is is a moron. Everyone knows Dick Cheney is the president. Whend does the war-profiteering stop. hasn't Cheney made enough money off of Halliburton. Why does he still get those pay checks. I know when Kerry is the next real president instead of this selected one, the 470 million dollar non-competitive contract stuff will stop. Bush and his neocons have alienated all of our allies. We are now isolated and hated by 1 billion muslims. I hope Bush and his reactionary friends and their proxy war for Israel, the theocracy, are happy that Americans can't show their face anywhere. I hope the Bill Kirstols, Wolfowitz, Feith, Libby, Boltons, Midge Decter, Wurmser, and Ginsberg are pleased at the the way they have destroyed American power. The over 1000 Americans dead are crying out from their graves for regime change at home. What ever happened to peace. Can't Republicans read Eli Pariser, Barney Frank, Nadler, Dean, and Soon to be president Kerry and say they are right. The Republicans and their party of the Christian Right is neither. We don't need a theocracy here at home. Minister Ashcroft should not get his Calvin Geneva. Flush Rush, Falwell and Pat Robertson are nothing but stooges for the corporate elite. Stop the war profits. No WMD, no link Iraq and Sept 11th, and net loss of jobs shows us Americans that Bush is wrong. Please help elect Kerry and Edwards. They are the greatest team since FDR and Truman. Regime change now.
All I see in this diatribe is rhetoric, hatred and seething anger. No facts or anything. I don't even see much sense. I had to make several leaps of faith to keep up with this poster.

My response:
John,

No disrespect, but you just proved my point. You keyed my blog, and you are from "The party of tolerance and diversity."

You would put a man into office who can't keep a story straight, who admits to being a war criminal, who is a TRAITOR and uses people like Kleenex.
His story on Cambodia changes daily, sometimes hourly. He can't keep his story straight about pulling a shipmate from the water.

Senator Kerry has admitted, under oath in front of a Senate subcommittee that he performed war atrocities.

He is a traitor because he met with and gave comfort to the enemy in a time of war. He has his own section of the museum on the war in Ho Chi Minh City.

He uses people, like Max Cleland, to do his dirty work and only because of their condition. Do you honestly think Cleland has a future in a Kerry administration? So once the disabled Senator has served his purpose, he will be discarded like a used Kleenex. If he hasn't already been done so.

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Chuckle for the day





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Some good news for once

This article buoyed my spirits: The Power of Good Ideas.

I think the first paragraph is hilarious:
IN 2001, a New York Times editor interviewed liberal columnist Anthony Lewis as he was retiring from the paper. One question: "Have you changed your views on socialism?" Lewis' answer: "I'm still for it. But it doesn't work."
How stupid can one be? How can you be in favor of something you admit is unworkable?

The article goes on to detail all of the positive social steps taken by Mayor Giuliani during his term, such as welfare reform and broken-windows policing.

It's nice to see positive things happening, despite all of the Liberals efforts to derail such good works.

Carry on.

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More on the double standard

From NewsMax, with links:
Joe Sandler, Zach Exley and Jim Jordan aren't the only 527 Kerryites getting a pass from the establishment.

Most of the media gushing over the resignation of lawyer Benjamin Ginsberg from President Bush's campaign are downplaying or refusing to report that Robert Bauer, national counsel to Sen. John Kerry's presidential campaign, also works for the Bush-hating, pro-Kerry 527 group that calls itself America Coming Together.

Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends" this morning noted the extreme hypocrisy of most media on this double standard. But it's just one more example of how Big Media ignores Kerry's ties to leftist 527s that have spent tens of millions of dollars on ads attacking Bush, and even overlooks the links Kerry boasts about.
Republican links have been forced to resign, but the Democrat ones are holding on like ticks to a dog. The Democrats have no honor, and should be treated as such.

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The truth, in perspective

This article, 'Trying to acquire Purple Hearts', puts a necessary perspective on Senator Kerry's Purple Hearts in more ways than one.
John Kerry has presented his Vietnam record as his major qualification to be president of the United States. It is, therefore, the duty of the American public to scrutinize that record carefully. And it is the duty of candidate John Kerry to facilitate that scrutiny. If all the senator's claims about his four months in Vietnam are factual, it would be to his great advantage to facilitate such scrutiny.

Before we get to his record in Vietnam, however, we should examine the widespread misconception about how he got to Vietnam. The oft-repeated claim that Mr. Kerry volunteered to go to Vietnam misleads: He apparently volunteered only after the draft deferment he had applied for was turned down — thus allowing him to choose service in the Navy to avoid being drafted into the Army.
The article goes on to describe the authors bona fides, as in he was a combat surgeon in Da Nang, and his experiences in people trying to get PH's for scratches.

He also discusses the appropriate regulations concerning PH's, and how Senator Kerry's first PH does not meet that standard.

I'll let you make the call.


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Thursday, August 26, 2004

Taking the day off

I just realized that I am hammering away too much at Senator Kerry and his record. Yes it's newsworthy and all, but when concentrated into this page it seems a little obsessive, even to me.

So I'm taking the day off and I'm going to do a little Warhammer 40k shopping before I show up at my club meeting tonight.

I'm backing off the throttle a bit and hopefully I'll come out swinging tomorrow morning.

See you then.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Heroes Don't Shout

Something you ought to read: Heroes Don't Shout.

One common denominator of true heroes is they don't get full of themselves and their acts. They believe that any other person in the same place would have done the same thing. They don't talk about it unless they have to.

And then we have Senator Kerry. A man who must proclaim at every campaign stop about his service in Vietnam, his three Purple Hearts, Bronze Star and Silver Star. And yet no one takes him at his word. Why? Because I think he's talking about his awards to convince himself more than us that he is a war hero.
What went wrong?

There are three big problems with Kerry from the standpoint of those who are proud of their military service. And one of those reservations has been overlooked entirely by the parade of talking heads, so few of whom have served in uniform themselves.

As far as the swift-boat controversy goes, it's likely to remain a he-said-she-said issue through Election Day. The red flag to military men and women is that so many swift-boat veterans have come out against John Kerry. Not just one. Not 10. Dozens upon dozens.

This is as rare as humility in the Hamptons. Vets stick together. Kerry likes to play up his "band of brothers" image, but if he's got a band, his opponents have a symphony. And even if the first violinist turns out to be a "Republican stooge," it's nonetheless stunning for so many vets to denounce a former comrade publicly. It just doesn't happen unless something's really wrong.
And there are many things wrong. Senator Kerry keeps changing his story about what happened, he has three citations for his Silver Star (see next post) and so on. The amount of inconsistencies against Kerry has gone from a three piece garage band to the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. And things are falling into place.

Despite the Left-wing medias efforts to dismiss and discredit the Swift Boat Vets, they are making a lot of headway against Senator Kerry.

Good.

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Maybe this is why

Senator Kerry has some rather large inconsistencies in his records released so far. John Kerry's Puzzling Silver Star Citations.

Senator Kerry has not one, but three citations for his Silver Star. This is very unusual. Not only that, it appears that the last two are "upgrades" for his first one, as if the first and second ones weren't valorous enough. He also has on his DD-214 (discharge papers) a "V" on his Silver Star that isn't mentioned anywhere else.
Having sowed the wind by carefully crafting his tour of duty in Vietnam as a campaign gimmick, John Kerry is now reaping the whirlwind. He has seen virtually everything about his four months in country challenged with provable eyewitness accounts backed by sworn affidavits: the "wounds" which never required hospitalization or lost time, for which he finagled three Purple Hearts; his Bronze Star with a combat "V" for "heroically" rescuing a special forces soldier who was about to be pulled from the water by a nearby Swift boat, the man in danger, perhaps, of drowning but not under hostile fire; his "gallantry" for back-shooting an enemy soldier, for which he was awarded the Nation’s third-highest decoration, the Silver Star.
Please read the article, it is very important, especially the differences between the versions of the citation.

It shows that Senator Kerry may not be the war hero that he thinks he is.

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Interstate Voter Fraud

This is another case of Democrats stuffing the ballot box, N.Y. Daily News Unearths 'Stunning' Democrat Vote Fraud.

Yes, I will admit that there are some Republicans caught up in this mix. But they are vastly in the minority, outnumbered by Democrats by a margin of 6 to 1. The breakdown is Democrats 68%, 16% no party listed, 12% Republicans.

Here's a telling paragraph:
The pro-Kerry paper said that efforts to prevent such fraud "rely mostly on the honor system." That's a serious flaw when people who have no honor are involved.
Amen. But don't you know it, the only ones that will be prosecuted will be those of Republican persuasion. That's because both areas that these snowbirds live in are heavily Democrat. So I'm not holding my breath over this.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Taking a sick day

Not feeling well, just really tired. See you either this afternoon or tomorrow.

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Monday, August 23, 2004

Papers, please

Another intrusion into my privacy, National ID seen in 9/11 panel plan.

Let's get this straight. I am a citizen of Tennessee first, and the United States second. That's the way the founding fathers intended. I am a real private person and I would like to be on as few Federal databases as possible. My past actions have me in several already (I was in the Navy and I used to have a security clearance) and I wish to join no additional databases.

This is one of those "feel good" measures that will be implemented, while the more important (and harder) things are ignored. This will not increase our security and will decrease our freedoms.

All things are done slowly and with (or for) the children. Our children are already subjected to daily searches to "protect" them. Instead of taking out the dangerous students, all are subjected to a metal detector, clear backpacks, and other such personal intrusions. These kids are being acclimated to such things so they will not contest such warrantless searches when they become adults. Instead of sealing the borders and throwing out the illegal aliens, they will expect us to submit to a national ID card.

Which do you prefer? Freedom or the security of a slave?

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Remember who we're dealing with




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Democrat double standard

This just proves that there is more and more of a double standard when it comes to Democrats, Kerry Campaign Won't Fire MoveOn Staffer.

For those of you who don't know, one of the requirements of a 527 being able to operate is that they have no coordination between them and the campaign they are purporting to support. This means no people in the campaign with current or former ties to a 527, or vise versa.

Well, the Bush campaign just had to let go a guy who appeared on a Swift Boat Vets for Truth commercial.

I'll let the story tell you:
But there's no doubt that Kerry knew all about Exley's background when he hired him.

In April the Kerry for President Web site proudly announced: "Zach Exley joins the [Kerry] Internet team as Director of Online Communications and Online Organizing. He was previously the director of special projects for the MoveOn.org."

Exley claims he won't communicate with MoveOn until after the election, but when he teamed up with Kerry, MoveOn's executive director, Eli Pariser, acknowledged that Exley will be able to make use of "what he's got in his head."

And a statement issued by MoveOn when Exley signed on with team Kerry insisted that "federal election rules permit some forms of communication" between Exley and the liberal 527.
If that ain't skating around the rules, I don't know what is.

You know, it was Democrats that pushed this abridgment of free speech through Congress, and they can't play by its own rules. They have to cheat by shuffling staffers, stuffing ballot boxes, voting the graveyard, you name it. They have to cheat every step of the way just to stay even with us.

Pitiful.

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More Kerry hypocrisy

Yet another case of Kerry hypocrisy, MoveOn Ads OK; Swift Boat Ads Not OK, Kerry Campaign Says.

I do have a dog in this fight. The Swift Boat Vets have nothing to gain by lying, and Kerry's story keeps changing in light of the facts presented by the vets book.

I am inclined to believe them for two reasons: Kerry has yet to tell a story that didn't need revision, and from the blatant pro-Kerry bias by the media, the attacks by the media on the Swift Boat Vets give credence to what they are saying. Also, Kerry has his hand caught in the cookie jar as far as getting Reagan DoD Secretary John Lehman to "sex-up" his citations.

Getting back to the original gist of the story, remember that MoveOn.org had on its website two member-submitted commercials comparing Bush to Hitler. To have even considered them shows what kind of people they are. Kerry thinks stuff like Bush=Hitler ads are okay, because they attack the president, but when someone shines a light on his service in Vietnam, that's not okay? He's the one that made his four month stint in-country the centerpiece of his campaign, he shouldn't whine if somebody checks it out to make sure that's what really went on.

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Test time

I am subscribed to the Kim Komando email list, and every day I get a new link to check out. This one is important, Shields UP! It checks your computer to see if there are any vulnerabilities in your system that hackers can exploit. I highly suggest you follow this link and get a checkup. Then, if you don't already have a firewall, get something like Zone Alarm. There are two versions of Zone Alarm, the basic firewall that is Freeware, and the more advanced program that you have to buy. I recommend at least the Freeware firewall.

I came through clean as a whistle, because I have Zone Alarm. It has blocked 28,530 attempts by hackers to take control of my system.

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Saturday, August 21, 2004

Rogue Trader Battle Report

Unless you're into Warhammer 40k, you're not going to recognize some things, but just go with the flow. I have faith in you that you can get the gist of the conversation.

This is a tournament where you play 3 battles. You are awarded points for winning and losing, plus points for sportsmanship, army composition (if it is balanced, matches the back story and fluff) and how well it's painted.

I play Ultramarines, the baseline Space Marine chapter. They are known as the Big Blue Machine because of their Robin's Egg Blue color. They are also known as Smurfs for the same reason. They are the most balanced army, being able to handle themselves in ranged and close combat equally. Other races and chapters are great at ranged combat, but suck in close combat, and the other way around.

My first battle was against another Space Marine chapter, the Dark Angels. The mission was "Unplanned Assault." Here you started with two platoons of troops, and everything came on later in the game. My opponent stood and shot at me. Due to her weaponry, and the fact that she would not advance, I was also forced to sit back and shoot. She (yes, there are females who play 40k) managed to get her important pieces on the board before I did and shot rather large holes in me.

However, the catch to the scenario is that you have to roll during the game to see what the exact objectives are. The choices were holding terrain features, table quarters or just plain regular victory points. I had her plainly beat on the first two, but we rolled up #3 instead. She ended up wining 606 points to 303.

The second scenario was "Archeotech Excavation." Here you had 6 markers strewn around the board and your job was to get a trooper next to it and check it out. I placed one marker near my deployment zone, he placed one near his, and we placed the other four in the middle of the board. I managed to get next to three of them on the first turn and number 2 happened to be the objective. Now my job was to hold his forces off.

For some reason he advanced slowly and poor placement of a couple of units prevented him from firing very much. Any infantry unit that was within range of my Devastator squads (two squads firing either missiles or plasma blasts) just disappeared under the withering hail of fire. I managed to break the morale of two of his units, one ran right off the board, never to be seen again. I also managed to block a majority of his units by placing one of my Rhino transports in a strategic spot. For some reason he fired at that instead of the squad guarding the objective.

Anyway, I got 300 points just for having the objective, and I won 843 to 215.

The third scenario we were very short on time and we only got two turns done. It was a "Cleanse II" mission against Dark Eldar. It was on an almost maze like battlefield, with blocking terrain everywhere. As with all of my battles, I placed my heavy support in the best locations and proceeded to tear up my opponent. All of her transports were hover type, and she had about 8 different vehicles. I managed to shoot 6 of them out of the air in those two turns, and one of the surviving flyers was damaged. Because we were so short on time we just did a quick run down on who was damaged and dead, I won with 396 points and counting to her 144.

For each win, you get 15 points (9 for a draw and 5 if you lose), plus bonus points if you meet certain other secondary objectives. Plus you get rated by your opponent on how good of a sportsman you are and all that. I managed to get 51 points, 18th out of 28. Not a good showing for me, considering I was in the top ten the last tournament.

I'll never win the championship prize, my army just isn't pained to that level and never will be. But I have fun and that is the object of the exercise.

The next tournament is in December, I hope to have a Necron army ready to go, and have a Tau army for my son. That's a lot of painting between then and now.

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Friday, August 20, 2004

Battle Report, Space Marines vs. Orks

The short version is I got my ass handed to me last night.

I started on week 4 of this campaign, so I'm already handicapped by being behind. Also, this is a territory capturing kind of campaign and the more territories you have, the bigger your army is. Last night I (the bottom ranked player) faced the #1 ranked player in the campaign. Because he is 4-0, he actually had 200 more points in his army than I did. That's a lot in 40k.

Despite the disparate number of points, my Marines and I gave him a fairly bloody nose last night. While I was wiped out to one man and a Rhino (transport), I managed to last the full 6 turns (the length of the game), not something everybody can do against this player. And, I wiped out three squads of his and a couple of vehicles. All in all not a bad accounting if I do say so myself.

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Another case of foot-in-mouth

It's been well documented that Kerry does well when he SHUTS UP. Here is another case, John Kerry Doesn't Know His Own Mind. President Bush spoke very recently about brining troops home from overseas bases like South Korea and Germany. Senator Kerry has mercilessly reamed the President over that.

But here comes the kicker. From the Senators own mouth:
I will have significant, enormous reduction in the level of troops. . . . I think we can significantly change the deployment of troops, not just there but elsewhere in the world. In the Korean peninsula perhaps, in Europe perhaps. There are great possibilities open to us. But this administration has very little imagination.
Kerry fronts the idea, and when the President says "I like that idea, let's do it," Kerry screams at the top of his lungs that it's a bad idea.

Yet another waffle from the Waffle King (apologies to Weird Al Yankovic).

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Talk about understaffing

I got floored when I read this, GAO Finds Rampant Medicaid Schemes.

I'm not surprised about the rampant fraud, that's been going on for years. I'm upset that there are only eight inspectors for the 50 states. That is just way too few. Especially when they admit that it will take them until 2006 to finish this cycle of checking all of the states. No telling how long they have been at this cycle. And when they get done, they have to start all over again.

Oversight is one area where we should not skimp in. Especially when fraud is rampant and well-documented.

For once, I'd like to see more investigators on the job.

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Ladder control?

In a hilarious article that is no longer there, I found part of it on The Political Digest.
The following memo, distributed this week by the Energy Department's acting assistant secretary for environmental management (EM) to fellow department
officials, is titled "Tell Me What You Think Of This Idea."

"Ladders are accidents waiting to happen. It's only a matter of time before we see another ladder accident. In order to make EM an accident-free work environment, I am considering banning ladders from EM. Here is my rationale:

oIn just the last year, 10 people have fallen off ladders.

oA 3- to 4-foot fall can be fatal ....

oThere is no way to adequately control ladders, even after you lock them up, people still find a way to get to them.

oThere are other more safer ways to elevate people (lifts, scaffolding, etc.), even if it takes a little more time.

oWe need to get out in front of this issue; I will not accept another 10 falls.

"This is my proposal:

oIssue a EM policy that bans ladders from all EM sites, effective December 1, 2004. This will give sites three months to plan and prepare to change their mode of operation.

oDuring this time, sites will be required to develop a ladder-control policy that requires some sort of senior management control over use of an ladders until they are no longer in use.

oSites will be required to make a declaration that they are ladder-free.

oWe would use the month of December to conduct a site walk through to verify this.

oEffective January 1, 2005, EM will be declare a ladder-free work environment."
This has all of the earmarkings of gun control, since you can easily substitute "gun" for "ladder" and have a large amount of the talking points for the gun-control crowd.

But I think it's hilarious, don't you?

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Thursday, August 19, 2004

Personal stuff

Well, I've got a Warhammer 40k club meeting tonight, you can find this club at Adeptus Memphis. At least I have the scenario sheet before the battle. I didn't last week and had my butt handed to me. I had the wrong army for the scenario.

I have a tournament coming up Saturday, and I've got to repaint the shoulder pads of 50 Space Marines so they are 3rd Company instead of 2nd Company like I had them. You see, you get style and fluff (back story) points if your army is well painted and in line with the fluff. I already had the Company banner 3rd Company, as well as the markings for all of the vehicles. Yeah, I'm a real type A (for anal) personality.

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Talk about hate speech

One thing that the Left is always screaming about is the Right's "hate speech" (which is usually just the truth that happens to go against the Left). But nothing the Left says can possibly be considered hate speech.

Even this example, Dowd Syndrome.
During a recent television appearance, New York Times pundette Maureen Dowd said something that should have effectively ended her career. In an on-air discussion with HBO's Bill Maher, Dowd said that those who oppose the expansion of funding for stem-cell research come from "what Lee Atwater used to call the extra-chromosome conservatives."
For those of you who miss the reference, Down's Syndrome is a congenital disorder, caused by the presence of an extra 21st chromosome, in which the affected person has mild to moderate mental retardation, short stature, and a flattened facial profile.

Yet another insult inflicted upon Conservatives by the Left. Yet another incident of hate speech that will be passed by. But that's alright, we're adults. It's those dweebs on the left that are hurling insults like we're second graders on the playground in elementary school.

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Lying through their teeth

I thing the title says it all: Intentional mischaracterization.

You just can't believe people after they torpedo themselves this way.
Monday night on MSNBC's "Scarborough Country," John Hurley, the Vietnam Veterans for John Kerry spokesman, falsely characterized this paper's assessment of the book "Unfit for Command." He stated: "It is as the Washington Times, said, 'a pack of lies'." While this paper has not yet made a final judgment about all the details in the book, Mr. Hurley's use of the phrase "pack of lies" is a very partial and obviously intentionally misleading quote from last week's column by the editor of this page.

The quote from the column reads, in relevant part: "Either this book is a pack of lies or John Kerry is in fact a reckless, lying man who misrepresented the facts in order to receive medals he didn't deserve, and is indeed unfit to command even a tug boat, let alone the United States military as president."
To distort someone else's words so severely only shows what kind of person you are, and what lengths you will go to so you can push your agenda.

Such a sad state of affairs. And some people still want to vote for that side.

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Stupid professor gets it the hard way

I was heartened by this article, Conviction in False Hate Crime Case.

This is the case where the professor intentionally vandalized her own car with "hate" graffiti.
A former Claremont McKenna College professor accused of spray painting racist slogans on her car and then blaming students for the vandalism was convicted Wednesday of attempted insurance fraud and filing a false police report.

Kerri Dunn, 39, a former visiting psychology professor, showed no emotion as a Los Angeles County Superior Court jury in Pomona rendered its verdict. Dunn faces up to 3 1/2 years imprisonment when she returns to court for sentencing Sept. 17.
What drives people to do such things? Some kind of Munchausens by Proxy Syndrome? If so, this woman is seriously screwed up. Worse than me even.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2004

The Political Digest

I have added The Political Digest to my news sources. It is an "Internet news clipping service" and I have found it most useful in finding things to comment upon. Please check it out. You can subscribe to the TPD Lite, a short email version of the website, by sending the word "subscribe" in the subject line to tpd -at- charter -dot- net.

Enjoy.

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You need to read this

This is all of the good new the Liberal media doesn't want you to hear. Taking the Field: A roundup of the past two weeks' good news from Iraq.

Despite their attempts to say otherwise, Iraq in March 2003 was not in good shape:
Iraq of March 2003 was not a normal, well-functioning state thrown into chaos and mayhem only by the arrival of the Coalition forces. In reality, the pre-invasion Iraq was a wreck of a country whose great potential of the 1950s and 1960s has been all but completely squandered for the sake of the aggrandizement of one man and the hegemony of his party. It's important to bear that in mind before rushing to criticize the coalition authorities for failing to rebuild in a year what took three decades to destroy.
The article goes on to detail all of the positive things that get either short-shrift or no coverage at all by the major media. And because they don't report on it, the word doesn't get out very well, which is just the way they like it.

If they can portray Iraq as a bottomless pit of blood and bodies, an implacable meat grinder that President Bush is uselessly throwing our troops into, it makes them and their pretty boy Kerry look good.

Read it. It's eye opening.

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It's long, but worth it

I present Michael Moore's letter to the Aladin Casino over Linda Ronstadt, and the response letter. I have edited back in two cuss words and fixed one minor spelling mistake. Here is Moore's letter:
Dear Mr. Timmins:

I understand from the news reports I've read that, after Linda Ronstadt, one of America's greatest singers, dedicated a song to me from your stage on Saturday night, you instructed your security guards to remove her from the Aladdin, which they did.

What country do you live in? Last time I checked, Las Vegas is still in the United States. And in the United States, we have something called "The First Amendment." This constitutional right gives everyone here the right to say whatever they want to say. All Americans hold this right as sacred. Many of our young people put on a uniform and risk their lives to defend it. My film is all about asking the questions that should have been asked before those brave soldiers were sent into harms way.

For you to throw Linda Ronstadt off the premises because she dared to say a few words in support of me and my film, is simply stupid and Un-American. Frankly, I have never heard of such a thing happening. I read that you wouldn't even let her go back up to her room at your hotel! Are you crazy? For crying out loud, it was a song DEDICATION! To "Desperado!" Every American loves that song! Sure, some people didn't like the dedication, and that's their right. But neither they nor you have the right to remove her from your building when all she did was exercise her AMERICAN right to speak her mind.

Of all the things that go on in Las Vegas, this is what creates the need for serious action? What about the other half of the crowd at the Aladdin who, according to the Las Vegas Sun, cheered her when she made her remarks? Did you throw them out, too?

I think you owe Ms. Ronstadt an apology. And I have an idea how you can make it up to her -- and to the millions of Americans you have offended. Invite her back and I'll join her in singing "America the Beautiful" on your stage. Then I will show "Fahrenheit 9/11" free of charge to all your guests and anyone else in Las Vegas who wants to see it.

Mr. Timmins, as the song "Desperado" says -- "Come to your senses!" How can you refuse this offer? I await your reply.

Yours, Michael Moore Director, "Fahrenheit 9/11"
Here is the appropriately edited response letter:
July 21, 2004
Attention: Michael Moore,


In response to your letter dated July 20, 2004: You are correct that I had security remove Linda Ronstadt from Aladdin Casino and Hotel where the fun never ends and everybody wins. How very interesting to learn you are such a fan of Ms. Ronstadt.

You questioned where I live and surprisingly knew Las Vegas is in the United States. You should visit it sometime. There are thousands of wonderful 'All You Can Eat' buffets.

There are also a lot of casinos who's owners don't fuck around. I am aware of the First Amendment and you have the right to talk about your hatred of America but once you are on my property and you are upsetting my guests, you will quickly learn about my rights.

I can't remember if it was Jesus or George W. Bush that said, "Freedom is a two-way street." Ms. Ronstadt learned this long before I had her thrown out of my casino. You question my actions? If you come onto my property and upset my guests, you will receive the same, if not worse, treatment than Ms. Ronstadt received. I am sure your mere presence would upset my guests.

You claim your film, "...is all about asking the questions that should have been asked before those brave soldiers were sent into harms way." I think your film does nothing but aid the enemy and hurt our troops. You have betrayed our troops, our leader and America. I have no respect for you or your vision of what America should be.

I paid Ms. Ronstadt to entertain my guests, not divide them. The half that did not leave probably thought the verse you mentioned, "Why don't you come to your senses" was addressed to you. Maybe she should have dedicated her song, 'You're No Good' to you. I would have asked her back, had she done that.

Regarding your request for me to apologize to her, have you and her on my stage singing anything about this Country and then playing your piece of shit film is ludicrous!

One of my workers is currently throwing away every complaint letter from brainless followers of you, claiming they will never visit my Casino. I could not be more pleased to know my casino and hotel will always be void of the kind of people who support you. Meanwhile, my hotel has been quickly booked solid for the rest of the year with true Americans who love this Country and support our efforts overseas.

They will see a framed copy of your letter and my response in the lobby to ensure they begin their experience with a laugh.

Sincerely,

Bill Timmins President
Aladdin Casino and Hotel
Las Vegas, NV
Go get 'em Bill!

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Tuesday, August 17, 2004

If you haven't noticed...

Blogger has added a Google search function that searches just my blog. Please make use of it if the mood strikes you.

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It's all about the money

I had a good laugh with this article: Oh, Now the Germans Like America.

With Bush pulling the troops out of Germany, they are suddenly realizing that entire cities have become dependent upon American dollars, both the money from the soldiers, and the money and jobs from the civilian contractors.

Guam royally screwed up back in the 90's when they voluntarily gave up a B-52 bomber wing. The non-voting Congressman who let them go thought it was just the pilots and the bomber crews, about 72 men and their families. It turned out that there was an additional 200+ support crew, plus another 150 or so civilians. Suddenly there was multiple millions of dollars missing from the Guam economy.

This will be that on a magnitude greater. And it serves the Germans right. They've been holding "Americans go home" demonstrations for years, now they want us to stay.

I wish they would make up their minds.

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Ran out of time

I have to go to work, but I have a couple of articles ready to go when I get home tonight.

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Programs that need help w/SP2

Here is a list of 50 programs that will have trouble with SP2, specifically because all of the ports are turned off by the new firewall.

For those of you with a dial up connection, forget about downloading SP2, it's 90mb in size. There is a way to get a free (or almost free) CD of it, I am still trying to find the phone number on that.

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Notice the hour

My upstairs neighbor decided to take a long hot shower at 4:00 AM this morning, the trouble is I'm taking a shower right along with them. While it has previously been confined to the bathroom, this morning it decided to rain all over the apartment. Nothing of mine has been damaged, but carpets are wet. I have called the landlord 4 times on this, I guess I haven't yelled loud enough yet. This is one of the disadvantages of having a downstairs apartment.

I have a 44oz mug that has been catching the falling water, but this morning the deluge was pretty impressive. I had to empty that mug at least 10 times, and that was only about 3/4 of what fell in the bathroom alone.

It seems that the showers are coming to an end for the moment. I don't know if I should just stay up and do my blogging now or go back to sleep for a couple of more hours.

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Monday, August 16, 2004

Busy weekend

Well, lots of personal news.

First of all, the 40K Mega-Battle. Imagine a 40 foot long table, both sides shoulder to shoulder with players. A normal game is around 2,000 points, we had over 100,000 points on this table, a record in mega-battles. This is the kind of thing where you bring every piece you have to the board, tricked out to the max. I personally brought 3,500 points, some people brought 7,000 points, some brought 600.

And of course you have to get into the spirit of the game. One side is yelling "BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD!" the other side is screaming "HERESY BEGETS RETRIBUTION!" We wrapped up around 2.30am when the kids ran out of steam and had to pack it in. It took us about 5 hours to do two turns.

A good time was had by all, and that was the object of the exercise.

More good news, the wife took the car being fixed with delight. I had to roach bomb the apartment yesterday and I decided that telling her sooner was better than later. So I took the birds up to the house, and she wasn't mad (which I expected her to be furious). She immediately ordered me to take our son out to have some fun and get something to eat.

She called this morning to give me a couple of car related errands to do. So I guess I'm on my way.

See you later.

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We are winning the war on terror

Here is a real cheerleader piece:Terrorist Overreach.

Just because it's a cheerleader piece does not mean that it isn't chock full of facts.
AL Qaeda and its affiliates are losing. They'll do their utmost to strike the United States before our elections. But even if they succeed, the effect will be the opposite of what they hope. And it won't change the fact that the terrorist beast is badly wounded.

The recent wave of arrests, from Pakistan through the Middle East to Britain, stunned the terrorists and sent them crawling for ever-deeper cover. The blow against terror has been so indisputable that even our embrace-the-terrorists-with-understanding crowd stopped crying that the War on Terror's a failure (note the shift in campaign rhetoric).

But it's also a fact that this struggle is far from over. It will take at least a full generation — perhaps much longer — to rid the world of the demons who have appointed themselves as Allah's executioners.
It will most likely be our grandsons who kill off the last terrorists. We will win because the world no longer has the room for that kind of people. We went from 20 democracies in 1900 to over 140 in 2000. Freedom is spreading across the globe, but there are many dark pits of atrocities that must be rooted out before they can become free. But we will win.


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Just a quick note on why

Why we should keep Liberals out of power, Pitting power vs. knowledge.

Liberals think they know everything. They have solutions for everything, whether they know anything about the subject or not. Such is a case here:
Then there was another glimmer of reality breaking through recently, courtesy of wife Teresa Heinz Kerry. While her husband addressed some Middle West farmers, Teresa passed a note to him, which led him to ask her to speak to the group.
Her message? Organic hog farming is "economical" and there is "a huge market" for it.
A hog farmer in the audience was immediately on his feet, objecting. That this sheltered rich woman from Boston would have the nerve to try to tell hog farmers how to raise hogs is a classic example of the liberal vision.
She makes her money by making ketchup. When has her resume included hogs?
What is liberalism all about? Regardless of whether the particular issue is race, agriculture, housing or a thousand other things, liberalism is about the government telling people what to do in their lives and work.
Liberals believe that the general population is too stupid to make decisions in their lives, be it where to work, where to live, what to eat, what clothes to wear, how to raise your children and so on. The Government is infinitely smarter than the average citizen, so it should make these decisions for you.

Yeah, right.

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A sample of how snotty Kerry is

I found this on a message board and I thought I pass it along as is.
Chris Thomas, Air Force Pilot:

I would like to add my two cents about my John Kerry
experience.


During my career as an Air Force pilot, I spent two years flying a small twin engine prop plane around the Pacific from my base in Okinawa, Japan. On one trip we had to fly Senator Kerry, his congressional aide, and a Navy Captain (Vietnam, A-4 fighter pilot) who was also in Kerry's party to various locations in Vietnam and Cambodia as part of the MIA/POW talks.

When I met him, he was wearing a shirt with a picture of his sailboat on it. I told him I had a 27' sailboat in Okinawa, he remarked "Oh I never sail on anything less than 135 feet." Thanks, Senator, "I feel even better about the meager salary I paid for flying you around the Pacific."

When we first flew him into Phnom Penh, he went to the back of the airplane and grabbed the pizza that was put aside for the crew and passed it around to his staff. He was never offered any pizza because they were supposed to have lunch with the Cambodian government when we landed. The pizza was the crew's only meal for that day and he ate it.

Then when we picked him up in Cambodia, he was an hour late getting to the airport. Because fuel was an issue, we could not start the engines and therefore the air conditioning until he arrived. Phnom Penh at that time was over 100 degrees with 95% humidity and we were basically sitting in a greenhouse behind the cockpit windows. When he finally did arrive, we were wringing out our clothes from the perspiration. He walks out of the air conditioned car, into the airplane and asks us "Could you guys get the air-conditioning running, I'm a little warm?" The other pilot had to physically restrain me from going back there and picking a fight.

Then we took him into Noi Bai airfield in Hanoi. After we picked him up the next day (he stayed the night in Vietnam, we stayed in Bangkok) we taxied out, ran up the engines for take off and noticed that our prop rpm was vibrating all over the place. We taxied off to the side to look at it, but there was a good possibility that there was an engine malfunction and the engine may fail if we took off with it. Well, Mr. Senator sticks his head up in the cockpit and says "This plane WILL take off, I have a press conference in Bangkok in three hours!" (Maybe this is an indication of how he will run the FAA). American service members lives be damned, we had our Senatorial orders. We ran the engines again, and did not have the problem, so we took off and made it back.

During the flight, he told everyone how he had taken a Cessna (a small General Aviation plane) up with a fighter pilot, and the fighter pilot remarked that Kerry was one of the best pilots he had ever seen. I don't know about other pilots out there,but it's hard to imagine a little, single-engine prop plane pilot being able to show the "right stuff."

After Kerry left the plane, the Navy Captain came up to us, apologized and said basically that "he knows Kerry is a jerk" and that we should be glad we don't have to deal with him every day.

Your choice folks. Elections in November. You want a mega-millionaire ego-maniac it's-all-about-me crew-eating-pizza-ite like Kerry or maybe a Green Party candidate like Ralph Nader? Or, God forbid,maybe even re-elect George Bush, a nice God fearing Christian bent on protecting us from terrorist attacks on US soil?

Hmmm, let's see?
Your choice, folks. Choose well.

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Friday, August 13, 2004

No posts today

No attacks this morning, just tired. I played in a Warhammer 40k campaign last night, and I'm playing in a 40k mega battle tonight. That's where you have 10-15 people per side and you bring everything you have, no point value limits. It was fun the last time, this one should be great as well. We should be stopping play around 4am Saturday morning.

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Thursday, August 12, 2004

Back up to speed, almost.

As you can tell by the number of posts below, I am back. I'm several hours late, but at least I'm posting.

I've been lazy the past few days and haven't made myself any sweet tea. So I haven't been hydrating myself properly. I normally drink about 2 liters of sweet tea a day. It's lightly sweetened with only a quarter cup of sugar, barely enough to taste.

Last night I had about a liter of water and this morning, no attack. I had a rather bad sinus headache which is why I was delayed, but no attack.

Could being well hydrated be the answer to my prayers? I am in the midst of finding out. I will be drinking large amounts of water and tea over the next couple of weeks and documenting my attacks to see what pattern, if any, they have.

Wish me luck. If this is the answer I'm looking for, things could radically change in my life.

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How to stop an automatic update of SP2

Before I became disabled, I was an IT manager. It was my job to know stuff like this. Ignore my advice at your peril.

This is very important. You don't want to just get Win XP Service Pack 2 when it comes out. With Microsoft's record, it will have several large holes that you could drive a truck through.

If you are running XP, here's what you do. Find your icon for "My Computer" Right click on it and select "Properties." You will find a tab that says "Automatic Updates." There should be a check box that enables automatic updates. You need to make sure this box is not checked. This will allow you to determine when you want to update your OS.

Wait until the coast is clear before you update. I'll let you know when I do.

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The IRS is dead! Long live the IRS!

There has been talk about the abolition of our current tax system in favor of flat taxes, national sales tax, VAT tax, etc., ad nauseaum. Death To The Graduated Income Tax.

If we do get rid of the volumes of tax laws, we will put thousands of tax attorneys and accountants out of a job. If the law is written so that anybody can understand, or worse yet there is no laws to interpret, what will they do?

I don't know, but it probably won't be good.

I am on the low end of the spectrum, so I won't be affected that much, especially if the basics of life are not taxed.

The jury is still out as to weather this is a good, sound idea or one that sounds good. Do you see the difference?

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Think about our forests

Something to give you pause, A global view of our forests.
No matter how earnest activists may seem, or how concerned their sound bites, experience shows there are devastating consequences of abandoning active forest management.
I have always said in this blog that our forests need to be managed so that we may reasonably take advantage of the excess that these forests create, while producing more and more area for such natural renewable resources. With proper management, forests can produce all of our wood needs while maintaining a growing level of trees. We have more acreage under forest now then when this country was founded.

Unless we begin to thoughtfully manage these resources, the devastation will only get worse.

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Kerry and the 2nd Amendment

Kerry has been seen running around battleground states with Hunters Orange on and a shotgun in his hand, giving the impression that he is pro-gun rights.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Kerry Sharpens Aim on Gun Vote in Red States.

His record in the Senate (which he is doing his best to ignore) has been solidly anti-gun.

The Second Amendment is not about hunting. That's a nice benefit, but the real reason is protection, both personal and national, for the individual citizen. The SA is there when gangbangers come knocking at our door (car or home), or if someone has the balls to invade the US. It is also there for the extreme chance that the soap box and the ballot box does not bring the change that the American people think needs to be done.

If you value your gun rights, don't vote for Kerry.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2004

I apologize

I don't know what's wrong, but since the weekend I have been having daily major attacks. I even had one at work yesterday and was able to pick up only one load instead of my normal two.

I am in the middle of one right now, and I am unable to concentrate on providing you the necessary indepth analysis that you have come to expect from me.

Maybe something this afternoon.

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Monday, August 09, 2004

Not feeling well

I got up nice and early this morning to do my news cruising. In the middle of it an attack took place, and I had to go and hide for an hour or so. I only have one entry this morning, sorry.

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Our elections are going to be monitored

It seems we are a part of Europe. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is going to monitor our election on Nov 2nd. International team to monitor presidential election.

It seems that we need our elections to be monitored to make sure it's fair. Like we're a third-world country that stuffs election boxes until they explode. Oh, that's right, Democrats vote the graveyard, vote multiple times, etc. So maybe we do need monitoring...

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Friday, August 06, 2004

'Nobody could think'

One of the tenets of Fahrenheit 9/11 was that Bush spent 7 minutes on his ass in a Florida classroom, not knowing what to do.

Now comes this revelation, Hypocrite Kerry 'Couldn't Think' for 40 Minutes on 9/11.

I think the following excerpt from the article tells it all:
Here's what the Massachusetts Democrat said July 8 when Larry King asked where he was on 9/11, according to CNN's own transcript:

"I was in the Capitol. We'd just had a meeting - we'd just come into a leadership meeting in Tom Daschle's office, looking out at the Capitol. And as I came in, Barbara Boxer and Harry Reid were standing there, and we watched the second plane come in to the building. And we shortly thereafter sat down at the table and then we just realized nobody could think, and then boom, right behind us, we saw the cloud of explosion at the Pentagon. And then word came from the White House, they were evacuating, and we were to evacuate, and so we immediately began the evacuation."

How appropriate that Kerry lumps himself in with fellow left-wing non-thinkers such as Boxer, Daschle and Reid.
Then the article does the math for you:
"the second plane hit the World Trade Center at 9:03 a.m., and the plane hit the Pentagon at 9:43 a.m. By Kerry's own words, he and his fellow senators sat there for forty minutes, realizing 'nobody could think.'"
This is the indecisive waffling Liberal that Democrats want to elect? Heaven help us.

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Kerry and his religion

Kerry it seems has religious advisors. Had, at least. The last one only lasted 13 days. Democrats' Pro-atheist, Anti-Pledge 'Religion Adviser' Quits.

I think this paragraph sums it up pretty good:
"Why," [Catholic League's William Donohue] asked, "are Kerry and the DNC imploding on religion? Because too many of the elites running the show are devout secularists who put a premium on freedom from religion. Their idea of religious liberty is banning nativity scenes on public property. Their idea of diversity is censoring ‘under God’ from the Pledge. Their idea of tolerance is forbidding a moment of silence in the schools. Their idea of a good Catholic is Frances Kissling of Catholics for a Free Choice. Their idea of compassion is hiking taxes. Their idea of helping the poor is giving them directions to a soup kitchen. And their idea of choice is abortion, not school vouchers."
Amen. Pun intended.

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Thursday, August 05, 2004

Just the one item today. Nothing else jumps out at me. However it's a busy day for me personally.

I'm going to check out a few leads on getting my vehicle fixed. Getting personal transportation back is very important, you don't know how much it impacts your life until you lose it. I need to get it fully operational before I register it.

I'm also hopping on the bus this afternoon to play a friend some Warhammer 40k, I'm trying to practice for the Rogue Trader Tournament coming up on the 21st.

Wish me luck. He wiped me out the last time we played.

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Iraqis robbed at gunpoint in Memphis

There is a delegation from Iraq, sponsored by the State Department, visiting various cities to see how we do government. During their stop in Memphis, they were vehemently refused to enter City Hall by the City Council, as they were considered a security risk.

I just found out via a caller on Glenn Beck that this Iraqi delegation was robbed at gunpoint in downtown Memphis. When the Iraqis explained to the robber that they were from Iraq, he said, "Welcome to Memphis. Gimme your money."

Such a place I live in.

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Wednesday, August 04, 2004

GOOD NEWS!

Well, my karmic punishment seems to have come to an end. My mechanic friend just called and said he got my vehicle operating. While the problem is not completely taken care of, what is left is relatively simple and easy for even me to do. Once the vehicle has been fully fixed and legalized (no tags this year) the only mountain left to climb is the wife's disapproval. She is going to be pissed, because she feels that she will not get the same use out of it as I will. If you have any ideas on how I can break it to her, please leave it in the comments.

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A Human Right

Please follow this link: A Human Right.

Click on the "A Liability" link and follow the instructions. It's very eye opening.

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Kerry on his sinking slow boat

This article, John Kerry, 'King' of a Sinking Ship, asks an interesting question:
Did you see the footage of him crossing Lake Michigan on a ferry and imitating know-nothing Democrat activist Leonardo DiCaprio in the "I'm the king of the world" moment from "Titanic"?
I'm quite sure the analogy didn't even pass through Kerry's head until long after some handler remembered it.

It serves him right.

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Here's another one

Rush has this one: Lurch Praises Buckeyes in Michigan.

College football is serious business. Right now there's a Tennessee Lottery radio commercial that exclaims, "What does the color Orange have anything to do with Tennessee?" The other voice says, "Y'all ain't from around here, are ya?" Meaning the Big Orange Machine, the University of Tennessee.

Well, Kerry screwed this one up big time. He went into Wolverine territory (University of Michigan) and yelled that he was a Buckeye (Ohio State) fan. Considering that these two schools have a 100 year rivalry, I'm surprised he wasn't lynched. He did get booed.

Just another nail in his coffin. This guy really doesn't know what is going on.

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When the rich pay more in taxes

An interesting article, Rich Pay More When Tax Rates Fall.
Claiming that too many rich people and corporations aren't paying their fair share of taxes seems to be a sure way get applause on the campaign trail. But this populist appeal is based on two economic fallacies:

* that higher tax rates cause rich people to pay more in taxes; and

* that corporations rather than individual workers and consumers pay corporate taxes.
While the second one should be obvious, the first one requires some digging.

When the tax rates are lower, the rich are looser with their money. They are more likely to invest their money into things like the stock market, or in growth of their companies. When the rates are higher, they tend to hold their assets in tax-shelters to avoid paying the higher tax rate. This has the effect of strangling the economy because there is no growth. This is why President Bush's tax cuts have been such a shot in the arm to the economy. The lower tax rates have freed up large amounts of money and the "rich" are using that money to invest in new machinery, employees, offices, plants and the like. How many poor people create companies that create jobs? Virtually none. If you think you can create a company without some large lump-sum of money, just go and pick up a copy of Entrepreneur magazine. Notice how most of those businesses require tens of thousands of dollars just to open the doors, not to mention hold the doors open until they actually become profitable.

For the second one, corporations consider taxes as just another cost of doing business. They lump taxes into the same pot as all of the other costs of doing business and pass that extra cost along to consumers, as well as not raising employee salaries as much as they could have. Rarely are profits impacted because the profits are used to repay the financial backers of the company, be they private individuals or shareholders.

Again, lower tax rates encourage reinvestment into the company by way of more employees, newer equipment, bigger spaces, etc., to grow the business and make more profits.

So higher taxes slow economic growth, lower taxes encourage economic growth, especially on the rich.

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Quite the Conundrum

This article, Drug War Dirty Dealings details how we have hundreds of thousands of people behind bars for minor drug offences.

This presents a conundrum for me. While I stand fully behind enforcing the laws on the books, are they the right laws? I mean, should possession be a crime? We saw what happened with the prohibition of alcohol. The supply ran quite well to keep up with the demand, and despite the best efforts of law enforcement, the flow was barely slowed.

The same thing is going on today. While we see news reports of multi-million dollar busts, that only represents less than 5% of the flow of drugs. Quite an acceptable risk.

But there is a drastic difference between alcohol and drugs. Drugs such as cocaine, crack and heroin hook you after the first few doses. There is no "responsible" use of these drugs. Meth makes you unpredictable, aggressive and violent.

I saw on the History Channel that these drugs were outlawed because they were making the Black population "uppity" and "a danger to White folk" in the 20's and 30's.

Despite that, I believe that these substances would have been eventually outlawed.

I do not like the present system. But I have no better ideas, other than stringent enforcement of the law. For those who are convicted of possession, trade jail time for the name of their dealer. And so on, and so on, until the first level importers and distributors are caught and punished. We must shift our focus away from eliminating the demand and work on the supply side of things.

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Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Kerry in Vietnamese museum

Presidential hopeful John Kerry has a rather dubious honor. He's in the Vietnamese War Museum in Ho Cho Minh City (formerly Saigon). John Kerry: Anti-American War Hero.

Here's the payoff:
We submit that today John Kerry has a choice of a somewhat different nature. An exhibit in the re-named War Remnants Museum—an institution with the identical goals of its predecessor—is devoted to those anti-war activists whose conduct contributed significantly to helping the North Vietnamese Communists win the Vietnam War. Included in the exhibit—a significant propaganda coup—is a photograph taken in July 1993. It shows presidential nominee John F. Kerry meeting with the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam. In plain English that even the vacillating Kerry would be hard put to spin, this exhibit in "liberated" Saigon’s foremost propaganda museum is devoted to American traitors. And there hangs a photograph of a potential President of the United States, who carries a lot of antiwar baggage, meeting with the leader of a totalitarian regime that took nearly sixty thousand American lives.
Pretty powerful stuff.

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Good economic news

The headline says it all. US factories enter longest stretch of rapid growth in 30 years.

Hopefully this good news will translate into more jobs before the election, which would be a great boost to Bush, especially in Ohio, WV and Pennsylvania.

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Kerry Lies by implication

It is important that you follow this link, Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.

Kerry published the photo on that web page and implied that all 19 shipmates of Kerry support his presidential bid. Nothing could be farther from the truth. According to the website, 1 supports Kerry, 2 are deceased, 4 take no position and 12 say Kerry is unfit to be president. There are 4 additional officers who weren't in this photo, all oppose Kerry.

I have to bring this up because I was a member of this part of the Navy during my career. Coastal Divisions are now Special Boat Units. I was a member of Special Boat Unit TWELVE back in the 80's and I ran SeaFox SWCL's. You can learn more about them here.

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Monday, August 02, 2004

Today is not a good day

I have to go out and pick up homeschooling paperwork today for my son. I can get it with a 10 minute walk and a 10 minute bus ride, but that bus only comes by 3 times a day. So, I got up extra early to get my blogging done well before my departure time.

The problem is I have been fighting an attack for most of the morning, so no posts this morning. Maybe later on when I get home.

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