Merry Christmas all.
Friday, December 28, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
I've lost my entire morning to a series of crashes. Every time I try to use the "Disk Utility" to verify my drive the machine soft-locks.
Often when I launch the screensaver it won't come back. I have to hibernate the machine and then wake it up to get my login prompt.
It's pathetic, I haven't seen something this sorry since MacOS 9.0.
Steve Jobs, if you're reading this, I want my money back.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Update: I spoke too soon I guess. Here's the real reason Bush is talking about it: he wants to scuttle a House bankruptcy bill that would give borrowers real power over their mortgages....
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
His former press secretary, Scott McClellan, charges that Bush was involved in giving him mis-information which he was required to give to the Press. Worse than saying Bush lied about it, McClellan simply claims that he was in the dark. Link Here
Combine that with Rove's recent claim that Republican's should distance themselves from Bush if they want to get elected...
Here's what I think is going on.
Stupid, Big-Government Neocons get Bush elected. Use him to push their whack-ass agenda... Then at the end of his 8 years they lay the responsibility at his feet and move on to the next sucker-for-President.
It seems the rats are already leaving the sinking ship. At the end we'll have just one sad recovering alcoholic who doesn't understand why everyone hates him who should probably be tried as a war criminal.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
I can't begin to explain how much contempt I feel for the Democrats. Never have I been so happy that I'm not one.
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
(3) HOMEGROWN TERRORISM- The term
`homegrown terrorism' means the use, planned use, or threatened use, of
force or violence by a group or individual born, raised, or based and
operating primarily within the United States or any possession of the
United States to intimidate or coerce the United States government, the
civilian population of the United States, or any segment thereof, in
furtherance of political or social objectives.
Thomas Jefferson writes to William Smith in 1787:
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. It is it's natural manure."
There it is. The Congress has lost it's goddamn mind. By advocating violence against US governments that become tyranical...Jefferson has run afoul (granted, 200 years later) of the "Homegrown Terrorism Act"
Our Congress has turned it's back on our founders. Perhaps it's time we turned our backs to them and voted their useless asses out of office.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
"That would have to depend on whether what goes outside the statute nonetheless lies within the authority of the president to defend the country." -sourceWHAT?!? The man who wants to be the Highest lawyer in the county thinks the president doesn't have to follow the law if he believes he's defending the country?!? Who determines if his actions are in our defense? The President does, obviously, he's the decider. Would it make the country safer to detain all people who might commit a crime? Maybe it would....but according to Mukasey, the President can take whatever action he feels would protect the country.
Oh, and by the way, the Constitution is a series of federal statutes. So, if we extend the argument of the soon-to-be fucking Attorney General, the constitution does not apply to the president if he's acting in a way he feels defends the country.
This is a violation of the President's oath to defend the constitution. I'm struggling to see it any other way. Can any of you help?
Monday, October 22, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
...By the very people who we've elected to protect our Constitution.
House Democrats have Caved on the Warentless spying bill.
That's right, the US government, with an occasional nod from a secret court, can listen to your phone calls, read your email, and capture your internet traffic. Ever emailed your doctor? Looked at a web page about a medical disorder? Been to a website or sent mail you wouldn't want several thousand people at the NSA to know about? Sucks to be you. So much for the constitutional ban on unreasonable searches.
To top it off, Congress gave retroactive immunity to all the major telecoms for illegally handing all your records over to the NSA some 63,000 times.
Is this about 9/11? Nope, the NSA has been receiving your information from AT&T and Verizon since 2000 days after President Bush was elected.
What the fuck.
I've said before that I'd be the first to scream about bullshit from the Democratic majority. So here it is. The Democratic party cannot be trusted to tie it's own shoelaces as they seem to be unable to read their own goddamn founding document!
Just in case there was any confusion. Here are the words themselves:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Update: Chris Dodd is my hero!
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Monday, October 1, 2007
I think what scares me most about this video is how little we've learned from the past. Similarities in Executive office bullshit between old and new are striking. Watching some of the questions fired by various congressmen/senators provides quite a contrast between the congress of old and the pathetic, knee-jerk wimps we have representing us now.
Knowing what we've done in the name of "Democracy" makes me terribly sad. Know that we're doing far worse now makes me really angry.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
President Bush's TV Address tonight was the worst speech he's ever given on the war in Iraq, and that's saying a lot. Every premise, every proposal, nearly every substantive point was sheer fiction. The only question is whether he was being deceptive or delusional.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Monday, September 3, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
"The legislation strengthens the Justice Department so it can better detect and disrupt terrorist threats."
- President George W. Bush
March 9, 2006
Apparently, the term terrorists now applies to ....Cock-Fighters.... as the FBI is now using "Sneak-and-Peak" warrants (we can search your property in secret without serving you warrant) to investigate people who kill Chickens for fun and profit.
Acting under the authority of the Patriot Act, the agents had obtained
a search warrant that allowed them to clandestinely enter the property,
search for evidence and not tell anyone about it until the government
or a judge was ready to let the owners know they’d been there.
As if we needed another reminder that the Federal government cannot be trusted to protect our civil liberties.
Restraint is not a concept the FBI, CIA, NSA, or any alphabet group seems to understand.
Friday, August 10, 2007
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Sunday, August 5, 2007
From the ACLU:
“That a Democratically-controlled Senate would be strong-armed by the Bush administration is astonishing. This Congress may prove to be as spineless in standing up to the Bush Administration as the one that enacted the Patriot Act or the Military Commissions Act.”Every Senator from California, if they voted for it, just lost my support. In fact, I'll donate money to whoever runs against them next time they're up for election. Of course.....it would help if they would tell us who the hell voted for it.
While the House of Representatives' website gives details of how each member voted, the Senate website just displays the message "Results of roll call votes are published here approximately an hour after they have been announced." even though the vote took place more than two days ago.This is un-fucking-believable. Write your senators and representatives. Ask them why the Constitution isn't important anymore.....
Thursday, August 2, 2007
In case my assets, which are few, get seized and my hard drive gets
robbed under Bush's new executive order of July 17, 2007, I want you to
know my name so that I am not disappeared. I have a 6-year-old son to
raise, and, like so many intelligent, passionate peace activists, the
world needs me to be a leader in ending my country's imperial addiction
Monday, July 30, 2007
(You may have to scroll a little to find the right video, Visa's website sucks)
My friend Pinkus is Mr. 800 and my friend Sparks and I wrote/recorded the music.
Please, Please help us win the contest! Register, Log in, and give us 5 stars! Vote all the other ones down! We must be the champions!
Friday, July 20, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Monday, July 2, 2007
Bush commutes Libby's prison sentence.
Said the president:
"I respect the jury's verdict, But I have concluded that the prison sentence given to Mr. Libby is excessive. Therefore, I am commuting the portion of Mr. Libby's sentence that required him to spend thirty months in prison."
Said the Vice president's office:
A spokeswoman for Cheney said simply, "The vice president
I guess that's the end of that then....
Wait, hang on, I call bullshit on this. I thought we, as Americans, were entitled to equal protection under the law? Bush allowed 152 Texans to be executed ...but 30 months in prison for his friend for obstruction of justice is excessive?!? How many drugs do I have to take so that this makes sense?
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Tom and I went to StonesTown mall which is about 30 min south of my house in traffic. When we arrived we saw a fairly small line outside the store..."could this be it?" we asked ourselves? "Nope!", said the Rent-a-cop, "the line is outside" Outside the line stretched for about 100 yards down the sidewalk...Despite the huge line and our hand-wringing about not getting a phone...we made it. We waited in line for about 45 minutes total....which must have made the people who camped out for days in order to get one feel pretty stupid.
Activating the thing, once I got home, was MUCH easier than I anticipated. I put in all my info to iTunes and it both switched my number from T-Mobile and activated my AT&T account in a matter of 3 minutes. I was blown away.
I called T-Mobile today to make sure the account was canceled and get a confermation...and the rep I talked to was helpful and polite. Blew me away. It almost makes me sad to leave T-Mobile.....
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Monday, May 14, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
It's not like I needed another reason _not_ to go to Alabama....but on their official State of Alabama website, listed under "Domestic Terrorists" Sub-Header: "Anti-Government Groups?" I found this little gem:
Anti-government groups usually believe:
Gun Control = Enslavement
Constitution has been subverted
The U.S. has lost its sovereignty
In general, these terrorists claim that the U.S. government is infringing on their individual rights, and/or that the government's policies are criminal and immoral. Such groups may hold that the current government is violating the basic principles laid out by the U.S. Constitution and that a new world order is attempting to enslave humanity.
Sure, that makes sense! Those who think the fedral government is out of control....those who think we as citizens have a responsibilty to check those who would abuse their power...must very well be terrorists. Watch out for those folks, they're scary.... This might be funny or amuzing if the President didn't believe he could detain any US citizen without due-process just by declaring him/her an "enemy combatant"
"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined." Patrick Henry, Anti-Federalist and now, apparently, a terrorist (1788)AL Homeland Security TAP Course via ChrisBrunner.com
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Monday, May 7, 2007
Friday, May 4, 2007
Great review of the movie 300. Snippit:
My final analysis is 300 the most ass-ruling movie I’ve seen this year, and will probably be the King of 2007 unless someone makes a movie where a pair of sentient boobs fights a werewolf.
It's amazing. Check it out.
Sadly, this guy doesn't really know the half of it. His 11 reasons do hold some weight (despite being written in a somewhat bitter tone) but he forgets the magic of the carriers. Carriers (Verizon, Sprint ATT) in the mobile world control everything. They're the FCC on PCP. I also think he may understate just how hard it is to get things working on all phone platforms. They have different screen sizes, and different button configurations. Each one has their own quirks that must be accounted for. It's a complicated business....and it's one that, despite all the troubling qualities about it, I love.
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Since September of 2001 the secret "FISA" courts have rejected a total of 4 warrants. This court is set up for the special purpose of issuing warrants for top secret searches and covert, in country, recon. So, one has to ask, is this a rubber stamp court? Do they simply accept everything that comes through the door? Or have they made it know to those asking that bad warrants will not be accepted? Seeing that this is a "Secret" court....(the thought of which makes my inner patriot shiver) we'll probably never know. But if we look at the behavior of the security branches of the Government we _do_ know about...things to NOT look good.
"Checks, here's 20$, the big kids need to talk, why don't you and balances go see wild hogs" -John Oliver, The Dail show.
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
One of my co-workers sent this to me. It's super nerdy, but amazingly funny.
for all you star wars geeks:
**The Inbox Of Nardo Pace, The Empire's Worst Engineer*
Subject: Trash Compactor
From: Death Star Detention Level Janitor
Date: A Long Time Ago 7:46 PM
To: Nardo Pace
Hey, kid. That trash compactor you designed is up and running and I've got to say it looks great. Lots of grime, a magnetically sealed hatch that can't be opened from the inside, a tentacled garbage creature that practically serves no purpose at all. It's got everything a salty old janitor could ever want.
One thing, though. It takes an awful long time to flatten garbage. I'm talking a minute or more, depending on how many flimsy poles I toss in there. If our capital ships can boogie at faster than light speeds, why can't we make a few walls slide toward one another at a speed that
outpaces a Hutt's leisurely stroll?
Subject: breathing device too farkin LOUD
From: Lord Vader
Date: A Long Time Ago 12:20 AM
To: Nardo Pace
yo hey i still dont understand whats going on with this thing can u put a knob on my breather apperatis so i can turn down the volume when im in the library or sneakin up on maintenence droids? why did u put a speaker on this thing in the first place lol
Subject: E-11 Blaster Rifle Calibration Still Off
From: Stormtrooper Commander 09731
Date: A Long Time Ago 3:51 PM
To: Nardo Pace
As you know, the E-11 has come a long way since its initial prototype. Thanks to your hard work over the past three years the rifle no longer fires completely sideways, and with your latest revision, the number of casualties resulting from blaster fire being directed completely
backwards has been drastically reduced.
That said, the E-11 still has some accuracy issues. We recently bolted one of the rifles to a testing mechanism so that it couldn't move even a millimeter, then set up a human-sized target six feet in front of the blaster's barrel. Shooting in two second intervals, we let the E-11 fire
at the target continuously for three days.
The result? Not one shot hit the target. I realize you're busy, but perhaps we can go over the design one more time and iron this out.
Subject: Death Star :(
From: Foreman Galhi
Date: A Long Time Ago 8:13 PM
To: Nardo Pace
Keep your chin up, ok? Don't let the whole "Death Star getting blown up" thing get you down.
It's really my fault just as much as it is yours. Your original plan called for three weak spots, and I asked you to cut it down to one. If I had suggested we get rid of the weak spots altogether none of this would have happened.
What do we do now? Mope? No. We learn from our mistakes and make an adjustment to the blueprint for the new Death Star I'm working on.
Construction is going great, by the way. As you suggested, instead of constructing a defensive shell around the framework then working my way inward, I'm just building all the cool stuff in the middle first. I think you're right, it's the best way to go.
Subject: AT-ATs... hell yeah!
From: Maximilian Veers
Date: A Long Time Ago 10:09 AM
To: Nardo Pace
WOOO! Are you kidding me? Are you freaking kidding me!? These AT-ATs rule!
I cannot believe how awesome they are. I'm personally piloting one on our upcoming operation on Hoth and I can't wait to stomp on those rebel scum. There's like, no way to stop these things. I'm a big fan of yours, man. Big fan.
Subject: carbonite transport device
From: Boba Fett
Date: A Long Time Ago 3:17 PM
To: Nardo Pace
I am currently transporting a bounty that has been frozen in carbonite with a device you created. I have been told to direct any questions or comments I might have your way.
This is obviously a new technology, but might I suggest adding a few security measures to the transport device's control panel? Right now anyone can walk up to this thing and flip a few switches to release the frozen prisoner. I'm thinking a number pad with a secret code would be
great, or heck, even a plain old key.
Just a friendly suggestion. Oh, and thanks for the modifications you made to my rocket pack. That "ignition" button square on the back of the pack where I can't reach it is great.
Subject: This darn bottomless shaft in my room
From: Emperor Palpatine
Date: A Long Time Ago 1:42 AM
To: Nardo Pace
You are responsible for designing my Throne Room, yes? Do not doubt it. I can see the truth inside you. It burns with a twisted blackness that cannot be denied.
I ask you this: Why is there a chasm in my room? Was it really necessary? What purpose does it serve? Nothing useful has ever come of it. In fact, sometimes when I awake in the middle of the night and stumble in the darkness while making my way to the Imperial Restroom, I
mistakenly wobble along the shaft's edge. I also bump my knee on the Imperial Coffee Table, but that is another matter.
I'm expecting very important company today, but I fully expect that you will draw up plans for a grate to cover this errant hole and have someone build it tomorrow. It is your destiny.
Internet radio is about to die. A copy write board recently upped the royalties due from Internet radio stations to ASCAP by 300-1200% this will absolutely kill Internet radio as we know it. There seems, however, to be a silver lining.
Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA) and Rep. Don Manzullo (R-IL) have headed the "Internet Radio Equality Act," which aims to stop the controversial March 2 decision which puts royalty of a .08 cent per song per listener, retroactively from 2006 to 2010 on internet radio.
Write, call, chat, or smoke-signal your congress man/woman. Let them know that you support internet radio and that you would appreciate it if they did as well. We might live through this after all.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
I have tried to stay quiet on gun control and the VT tragedy. Instead of posting my own rants on the subject I've tried to post rants from people smarter than myself. Here's a quickie from Dr. Ron Paul (R-Texas)
The Virginia Tech tragedy may not lead directly to more gun control, but I fear it will lead to more people control. Thanks to our media and many government officials, Americans have become conditioned to view the state as our protector and the solution to every problem. Whenever something terrible happens, especially when it becomes a national news story, people reflexively demand that government do something. This impulse almost always leads to bad laws and the loss of liberty. It is completely at odds with the best American traditions of self-reliance and rugged individualism.
Yes, yes, I just agreed with a Republican from Texas. Those of you who know me are probably more than a little aghast right now. However, those of you who have read my writing for a while also know that I don't like the idea of large government.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
While this article is a little alarmist, it's worth reading.
The author sets out the methods used in fascist states of the past. He then compares them to what we have now. While they don't compare on an even level in the slightest, it's clear that if we don't get things in hand we might be headed in that direction sooner than we want.
If you look at history, you can see that there is essentially a blueprint for turning an open society into a dictatorship. That blueprint has been used again and again in more and less bloody, more and less terrifying ways. But it is always effective. It is very difficult and arduous to create and sustain a democracy - but history shows that closing one down is much simpler. You simply have to be willing to take the 10 steps.
Monday, April 23, 2007
This one is pretty amazing. Again, not my stuff, just pictures from Flickr.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Friday, April 20, 2007
After the VT shootings plenty of foreign press let loose a torrent of American-gun-culture bashing. This particular gem from France is my favorite:
"In France, we say everything ends in song. In the land of John Wayne, Charlton Heston and George Bush, a great partisan of the NRA, everything, individual anger, heartbreak, neighborhood disputes, quarrels between dealers or depression, ends in shootouts. That is why students die on campuses, without anyone, starting with Hillary Clinton, thinking to do anything much about it."
—Laurent Offspring, writing in the French newspaper Libération LINK
I'm amazed... this guy makes Fox News look fair and balanced. Because, you know, every time I get depressed or disagree with someone...I shoot them....and then myself.
It also behooves me to point out that we aren't the only one with mass shootings as the following article points out. Tidbit:
Last November in Emsdetten, Germany, a teenager shot and wounded more than a dozen persons before killing himself. In 2002 in a school in Erfurt, Germany, a gunman killed 17 people and himself.
On culture, responsibility and ethnic groups.
So what happens when a member of your "group" commits an abominable, unspeakable crime? It's hard to say. Do you shudder more than you would if the perpetrator were a member of some other group? I remember thinking about how frightened I was for my country after the Twin Towers -- where I spent the Fourth of July as a kid -- were attacked, and also about how worried I was that the relaxed cultural climate of my youth might become a thing of the past.
For my own part, I have to wonder how responsible I would feel if an American student commited a shooting spree of this kind. It seems to me that a big part of the guilt and responsibility arises because the perpetrator was a student. We, as Americans, tend not to take responsibility for our fellow citizen-contractors that commit violent meaningless acts in other places. (If we do feel it, it's not very public). I've been told that the South Korean government has apologized to the US on 3 separate occasions since the VT spree. Does this strike anyone else as somewhat strange? Do you think our government would apologize for a shooting spree on forign soil? I would like to think so, and I'm honored that the South Korean's have taken responsibility for their own...even if that responisbility doesn't make sense to us.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
I'm writing today to ask for your help. The survival of Pandora and all of Internet radio is in jeopardy because of a recent decision by the Copyright Royalty Board in Washington, DC to almost triple the licensing fees for Internet radio sites like Pandora. The new royalty rates are irrationally high, more than four times what satellite radio pays and broadcast radio doesn't pay these at all. Left unchanged, these new royalties will kill every Internet radio site, including Pandora....including my station, XTC Radio.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Monday, April 16, 2007
BBC NEWS | South Asia | Karachi protest at Sharia mosque
Saturday, April 14, 2007
I'm happy to say that I can end the debate. Right now. I'll use real simple logic because the news media seems not to understand anything larger than a 10 word sound-bite.
1) Democrats want emails from the White-House about the firing.
2) White-House says it cannot produce them. The emails were deleted from a Republican party server.
3) Why, you might ask, are white house staff using non-secure republican party email servers instead of the White-House's system? Why might they be violating "The Presidential Records Act of 1978"?
4) Obviously, says the White-House, we want to avoid violating the "Hatch Act". This act requires that political campaigning not be done with tax-payer funded services.
What happens when we add this up? White-House uses RNC email servers because, from their own mouths, they can't use tax-payer systems for political purposes. Apparently, some emails cannot be produced because they were sent through the RNC system. Therefore, the firings of the prosecutors was political.
I'm glad I could clear that up.