Tuesday, February 28, 2006
All Java phones at risk from new mobile virus - vnunet.com
Monday, February 27, 2006
Also I added code for peek-a-boo comments so you dont have to navigate away from my page to read them. Simply click on "x comments" under the post to expand the comments. To post a comment click on "Post a Comment" at the bottom of the content list.
Saturday, February 25, 2006
So all new content on my blog will be posted here from now on. So update your bookmarks.
All the old content from my MSN Space was copied over here this morning. I am unable to re-date the postings so they will all show up in my February 2006 archive here, but I have posted the original date on top of each post. I think I still need to go in and add the Year to them though. I cant believe how much crap I actually post on my blog.
I normally think I dont keep up with that much, and while I could clearly post more, I still post a buttload.
And now enjoy the ability to comment on my posts freely without an Microsoft Passport account. Please use your name on the comments you post though so I know where they come from. Anonymous comments = teh suck.
I first saw this video link posted on my nephew's blog (see the trackback) and thought it so scarey and awesome and important for people to see I wanted to link it here too. *Note: If you are my mom, this shows a lot of gruesome images of JFK's assassination and may upset you a great deal.
JFK - the Bush's, the CIA, the NWO
Still about this UAE buying American ports:
"The more people learn about the transaction that has been scrutinized and approved by my government," Bush said, "the more they'll be comforted that our ports will be secure."
He says it again "approved by my government". Maybe he just mis-spoke and meant "my administration", but I honestly doubt he did and firmly believes that he runs the whole government and is the sole representative and shepard of the people.
So are you a sheep? He told you not to worry. So do you feel better or worse? Frankly I dont stop worrying because I am just told to do so. This feels like he is basically saying "you are far too dumb and ill-informed to understand this, so dont worry, I have this all under control" - just like the very long laundry list of things he has had under his "control". Well I'm sorry, but I dont swallow anything he says and if he's telling me not to worry, then I am going to worry like mad.
"Indeed, we might say that the whole purpose of existence is to reconcile the glowing opinion we have of ourselves with the terrible things other people say about us."
A follow up to my previous post, let's take a quick look at some data about the United Arab Emirates ...
- The UAE was one of three countries in the world to recognize the Taliban as the legitimate government of Afghanistan.
- The UAE has been a key transfer point for illegal shipments of nuclear components to Iran, North Korea and Lybia.
- According to the FBI, money was transferred to the 9/11 hijackers through the UAE banking system.
- After 9/11, the Treasury Department reported that the UAE was not cooperating in efforts to track down Osama Bin Laden's bank accounts.
I honestly believe that if you have any loyalty to the President now, it's nothing more than blind loyalty and misplaced faith. Other than actually growing horns and eating a baby live on TV, I dont know what he would have to do to make some people sit up and at least say "Wait a minute, somethings not right here!"
I think it's when those of us who shout dissent grow weary of it falling on deaf ears that's when the real trouble starts.
So I say yet again - BUSH = BAD
Here's a quote from the article:
So now I guess Congress is no longer part of "his" governement. The governement that controls "his" country. Because his country sure as hell isnt my country. Bush isnt the President of The United States of America, but the President of The United Companies Who Agree With and/or Fund Me. Strange when even Bill Frist and Dennis Hastert are up-in-arms over this when they are normally Bush's top boot-lickers. Trouble in DC? Me thinks so.
Tonight I format my main computer at home. The last time I did this was November 25, 2002!
Since that original install Windows XP Pro has survived the following hardware changes:
2 new motherboards (different brands and types)
3 new CPU's (both 32 and 64-bit)
4 different ethernet cards
2 different PCI sound cards
4 different video cards
And roughly 100 different programs of all sorts of types being installed and uninstalled. It was only ever infected by one virus (from mine own non-careful testing) and one nasty adware install (CoolWebSearch) which finally done it in. Not that I couldnt use, it was still running strong, but I would get the odd pop-up and was unable to remove the 2 offending files of the new variant (and I didnt want to mount a virtual Linux kernel to try to dismantle it across the platform).
So good night my old install - you were a rock.
Well at the behest of a fellow co-worker, I have went out and bought some NO2 to help with my workouts.
I have to take 8 of these things a day and make sure to drink 64 ounces of water. Drinking this water and remembering (and paying for) these supplements might be harder than the actual working out.
I think I am becoming addicted to the Y in a bad way though.
Everyone remember how our military is under-manned and ill equiped? Well it turns out that the government spent $360+Million last year on running the "Dont Ask Dont Tell" policy.
So not only were willing and able men and women sent home and discharged for being gay, it also turns out it cost a pretty penny to do that.
$360+Million would have bought a lot of body armor, etc for troops who fought and continue to fight without it.
"Unlike the current administration, the Ford administration never claimed the right to violate a law requiring judicial oversight of wiretaps in foreign intelligence investigations if Congress were to pass such a law."
- How old are you on Jupiter?
- A fulll-size, functional pinball machine made of Legos
- Marquis de Sade Library
- fd's Flickr toys
- World Beard and Mustache Championships
- Ridiculous Black Metal Pics
- 2005 Yo-Yo Champion: Takayasu Tanaka Video
- Make:zine ... and Instructables
- Oh god this is crazy (click on the dark square)
Jan. 19: Google has been subpoenaed by the Justice Department. The agency wants to see exactly what people are searching for. NBC's Pete Williams reports.
This is just absolutely ridiculous. And the boy in this interview has NEVER hung out at a Care Bears website.
TOKYO, Japan (Reuters) -- A slimy jellyfish weighing as much as a sumo wrestler has Japan's fishing industry in the grip of its poisonous tentacles.
Vast numbers of Echizen kurage, or Nomura's jellyfish, have appeared around Japan's coast since July, clogging and ripping fishing nets and forcing fishermen to spend hours hacking them apart before bringing home their reduced catches.
NEWSWEEK: Will the new machines boost Apple’s market share?
Steve Jobs: Our market share has already increased this last year by almost a point [approaching 5 percent], according to the sources. We’d certainly like to keep that trend going and we’ll find out. All we have to do is just convince four percent of the Windows customers to buy a Mac and we’ll double our market share.
Personal Note: If you take one crap and then the same day take a second crap you have DOUBLED your total crap output for the day.
NEWSWEEK: How will the speed of these machines compare to Windows machines?
You’re asking a very interesting question, a software question. On the same hardware, what is the performance of Mac OS X plus Safari [Apple’s browser] compared to Windows XP, plus Internet Explorer? You need to get the apps in native code [to judge], so I can’t say definitively. But I think people will be surprised at how fast OS X is.
Personal Note: Basically he is saying that OS X cannot compare to XP on the same hardware. Sit one next to the other and do the same tasks and you will see the difference.
NEWSWEEK: At the Consumer Electronics Show last week, there didn’t seem to be any iPod killers.
The problem is, the PC model doesn’t work in the consumer electronics industry, where you’ve got all these companies and some does one thing and another does another thing. It just doesn’t work. What’s going to happen is that Microsoft is going to have to get into the hardware business of making MP3 players. This year. X-player, or whatever.
Personal Note: Every "PC" MP3 does EVERYTHING the iPod does already - thing is that they also do MORE. So basically he's saying that people are too stupid to use devices that dont all look the same and act the same. Originally he said that only the iTunes business model worked and now that he's been proven wrong (again and again) he claims that it's all based on something else. The iPod is only popular because it's enjoying initial ubiquitous status as an MP3 player - much like Nintendo used to be synonymous with video gaming before Sony and Microsoft joined the fray.Link: A (New) Chip on His Shoulder - Newsweek Technology - MSNBC.com
Army Orders Soldiers to Shed Dragon Skin or Lose SGLI Death Benefits
Two deploying soldiers and a concerned mother reported Friday afternoon that the U.S. Army appears to be singling out soldiers who have purchased Pinnacle's Dragon Skin Body Armor for special treatment. The soldiers, who are currently staging for combat operations from a secret location, reported that their commander told them if they were wearing Pinnacle Dragon Skin and were killed their beneficiaries might not receive the death benefits from their $400,000 SGLI life insurance policies. The soldiers were ordered to leave their privately purchased body armor at home or face the possibility of both losing their life insurance benefit and facing disciplinary action.
Personal Note: Maybe all you people who bought those "Support our Troops" car magnets yet do nothing else for the troops in any way shape or form could glue all of them together for them to use as replacement body armor.
My cat Jonesy is apparently not a fan of me making DVD's - as you can see by the pictures here of her attacking the video rendering portion of the software I am using.
Sorry I havent posted much lately - I have began playing World of Warcraft again and it's consuming a LOT of my time. I am trying to cap out my character at level 60 before they release the expansion and raise the cap another 10 levels.
Researchers set prime-number record - Science - MSNBC.com
On either side the river lie
Long fields of barley and of rye,
That clothe the world and meet the sky;
And through the field the road run by
To many-tower'd Camelot;
And up and down the people go,
Gazing where the lilies blow
Round an island there below,
The island of Shalott.
Willows whiten, aspens quiver,
Little breezes dusk and shiver
Through the wave that runs for ever
By the island in the river
Flowing down to Camelot.
Four grey walls, and four grey towers,
Overlook a space of flowers,
And the silent isle imbowers
The Lady of Shalott.
By the margin, willow veil'd,
Slide the heavy barges trail'd
By slow horses; and unhail'd
The shallop flitteth silken-sail'd
Skimming down to Camelot:
But who hath seen her wave her hand?
Or at the casement seen her stand?
Or is she known in all the land,
The Lady of Shalott?
Only reapers, reaping early,
In among the bearded barley
Hear a song that echoes cheerly
From the river winding clearly;
Down to tower'd Camelot;
And by the moon the reaper weary,
Piling sheaves in uplands airy,
Listening, whispers, " 'Tis the fairy
The Lady of Shalott."
There she weaves by night and day
A magic web with colours gay.
She has heard a whisper say,
A curse is on her if she stay
To look down to Camelot.
She knows not what the curse may be,
And so she weaveth steadily,
And little other care hath she,
The Lady of Shalott.
And moving through a mirror clear
That hangs before her all the year,
Shadows of the world appear.
There she sees the highway near
Winding down to Camelot;
There the river eddy whirls,
And there the surly village churls,
And the red cloaks of market girls
Pass onward from Shalott.
Sometimes a troop of damsels glad,
An abbot on an ambling pad,
Sometimes a curly shepherd lad,
Or long-hair'd page in crimson clad
Goes by to tower'd Camelot;
And sometimes through the mirror blue
The knights come riding two and two.
She hath no loyal Knight and true,
The Lady of Shalott.
But in her web she still delights
To weave the mirror's magic sights,
For often through the silent nights
A funeral, with plumes and lights
And music, went to Camelot;
Or when the Moon was overhead,
Came two young lovers lately wed.
"I am half sick of shadows," said
The Lady of Shalott.
A bow-shot from her bower-eaves,
He rode between the barley sheaves,
The sun came dazzling thro' the leaves,
And flamed upon the brazen greaves
Of bold Sir Lancelot.
A red-cross knight for ever kneel'd
To a lady in his shield,
That sparkled on the yellow field,
Beside remote Shalott.
The gemmy bridle glitter'd free,
Like to some branch of stars we see
Hung in the golden Galaxy.
The bridle bells rang merrily
As he rode down to Camelot:
And from his blazon'd baldric slung
A mighty silver bugle hung,
And as he rode his armor rung
Beside remote Shalott.
All in the blue unclouded weather
Thick-jewell'd shone the saddle-leather,
The helmet and the helmet-feather
Burn'd like one burning flame together,
As he rode down to Camelot.
As often thro' the purple night,
Below the starry clusters bright,
Some bearded meteor, burning bright,
Moves over still Shalott.
His broad clear brow in sunlight glow'd;
On burnish'd hooves his war-horse trode;
From underneath his helmet flow'd
His coal-black curls as on he rode,
As he rode down to Camelot.
From the bank and from the river
He flashed into the crystal mirror,
"Tirra lirra," by the river
Sang Sir Lancelot.
She left the web, she left the loom,
She made three paces through the room,
She saw the water-lily bloom,
She saw the helmet and the plume,
She look'd down to Camelot.
Out flew the web and floated wide;
The mirror crack'd from side to side;
"The curse is come upon me," cried
The Lady of Shalott.
In the stormy east-wind straining,
The pale yellow woods were waning,
The broad stream in his banks complaining.
Heavily the low sky raining
Over tower'd Camelot;
Down she came and found a boat
Beneath a willow left afloat,
And around about the prow she wrote
The Lady of Shalott.
And down the river's dim expanse
Like some bold seer in a trance,
Seeing all his own mischance --
With a glassy countenance
Did she look to Camelot.
And at the closing of the day
She loosed the chain, and down she lay;
The broad stream bore her far away,
The Lady of Shalott.
Lying, robed in snowy white
That loosely flew to left and right --
The leaves upon her falling light --
Thro' the noises of the night,
She floated down to Camelot:
And as the boat-head wound along
The willowy hills and fields among,
They heard her singing her last song,
The Lady of Shalott.
Heard a carol, mournful, holy,
Chanted loudly, chanted lowly,
Till her blood was frozen slowly,
And her eyes were darkened wholly,
Turn'd to tower'd Camelot.
For ere she reach'd upon the tide
The first house by the water-side,
Singing in her song she died,
The Lady of Shalott.
Under tower and balcony,
By garden-wall and gallery,
A gleaming shape she floated by,
Dead-pale between the houses high,
Silent into Camelot.
Out upon the wharfs they came,
Knight and Burgher, Lord and Dame,
And around the prow they read her name,
The Lady of Shalott.
Who is this? And what is here?
And in the lighted palace near
Died the sound of royal cheer;
And they crossed themselves for fear,
All the Knights at Camelot;
But Lancelot mused a little space
He said, "She has a lovely face;
God in his mercy lend her grace,
The Lady of Shalott."
Fun quotes by newsmakers in 2005. Stellar year for the Bush family.
I am pleased with this ruling. It upholds the true value of science, but not only that it is a ruling against heavy-handed religious ideology. Whether it's the Taliban or the Christian Neo-Conservatives in this country, pushing a religious tenet on someone is wrong and it is doubly wrong to set the state up to do so.
We are taking the fight to the Miami Valley. If you know me IRL, you know what I mean. The north land is slowly creeping south on the MARCH TO WAR. (So eat it Gary - hehe)
QuoteAncient Glaciers Still Affect The Shape Of North America, Say Scientists
COLD ARCTIC AIR ACROSS THE OHIO VALLEY COMBINED WITH WINDS SPEEDS AROUND 10 MPH WILL CREATE WIND CHILL READINGS OF 10 TO 15 DEGREES BELOW ZERO. EXPECT WIND CHILLS TO IMPROVE TUESDAY AS TEMPERATURES RISE INTO THE 20S. A WIND CHILL ADVISORY IS ISSUED WHEN THE WIND COMBINES WITH COLD TEMPERATURES TO CREATE DANGEROUSLY COLD CONDITIONS FOR EXPOSED SKIN. THE WIND WILL MAKE IT FEEL LIKE IT IS BETWEEN 10 AND 24 DEGREES BELOW ZERO FOR A PERIOD OF SEVERAL HOURS. THOSE PLANNING TO VENTURE OUTDOORS SHOULD USE COMMON SENSE AND DRESS WARMLY, MAKING SURE THAT ALL EXPOSED SKIN IS COVERED.
So now Cheney is saying it's okay for Bush to spy on Americans AND if he was able to do so he could have prevented 9/11 from happening at all. If you think even 1% of that is true then read on:
Vice President Cheney from tonight’s Nightline:
It’s the kind of capability [that], if we’d had before 9/11, might have led us to be able to prevent 9/11.
We had two 9/11 terrorists in San Diego prior to the attack in contact with al Qaeda sources outside the U.S. We didn’t know it. The 9/11 Commission talks about it. If we’d had this capability, then we might well have been able to stop it.
This is false and sensational. The secret surveillance program authorized by President Bush did not provide the National Security Agency any new “capability.”
The NSA “already had the capacity to read your mail and your e-mail and listen to your telephone conversations. All it had to do was obtain a warrant from a special court created for this purpose. The burden of proof for obtaining a warrant was relaxed a bit after 9/11, but even before the attacks the court hardly ever rejected requests.” Indeed, from 1979 to 2002, the FISA court issued 15,264 surveillance warants. Not a single warrant application was rejected.
Nothing in the law pre-9/11 prevented the federal government from conducting surveillance operations on terrorists. Cheney simply can’t resist using that tragedy to shield himself from criticism.
Oh goodie now not only is the Pentagon spying on us, but now Bush authorized the NSA to do so with warrants or oversight or anything.
QuoteBush authorized NSA to spy on Americans - U.S. Security - MSNBC.com
Historians are unsure exactly when Christians first began celebrating the Nativity of Christ. However, most scholars believe that Christmas originated in the 4th century as a Christian substitute for pagan celebrations of the winter solstice. Before the introduction of Christmas, each year beginning on December 17 Romans honored Saturn, the ancient god of agriculture, in a festival called Saturnalia. This festival lasted for seven days and included the winter solstice, which usually occurred around December 25 on the ancient Julian calendar. During Saturnalia the Romans feasted, postponed all business and warfare, exchanged gifts, and temporarily freed their slaves. Many Romans also celebrated the lengthening of daylight following the winter solstice by participating in rituals to glorify Mithra, the ancient Persian god of light (see Mithraism). These and other winter festivities continued through January 1, the festival of Kalends, when Romans marked the day of the new moon and the first day of the month and year.
Although the Gospels describe Jesus’ birth in detail, they never mention the date, so historians do not know on what date he was born. The Roman Catholic Church chose December 25 as the day for the Feast of the Nativity in order to give Christian meaning to existing pagan rituals. For example, the Church replaced festivities honoring the birth of Mithra, the god of light, with festivities to commemorate the birth of Jesus, whom the Bible calls the light of the world. The Catholic Church hoped to draw pagans into its religion by allowing them to continue their revelry while simultaneously honoring the birthday of Jesus. The Eastern Orthodox Church took a slightly different course. By the end of the 4th century the Eastern Church in Constantinople had also begun to acknowledge December 25 as Jesus’ birthday, but it emphasized the celebration of Christ’s baptism on January 6 as the more important holiday.
Over the next 1000 years, the observance of Christmas followed the expansion of Christianity into the rest of Europe and into Egypt. Along the way, Christian beliefs combined with existing pagan feasts and winter rituals to create many long-standing traditions of Christmas celebrations. For example, ancient Europeans believed that the mistletoe plant held magic powers to bestow life and fertility, to bring about peace, and to protect against disease. Northern Europeans associated the plant with the Norse goddess of love, Freya, and developed the custom of kissing underneath mistletoe branches. Christians incorporated this custom into their Christmas celebrations, and kissing under a mistletoe branch eventually became a part of secular Christmas tradition.
During the Reformation of the 16th century, Protestants challenged the authority of the Catholic Church, including its toleration of surviving pagan traditions during Christmas festivities. For a brief time during the 17th century, Puritans banned Christmas in England and in some English colonies in North America because they felt it had become a season best known for gambling, flamboyant public behavior, and overindulgence in food and drink.
Europeans who settled in North America often found they had to change their Christmas celebrations because they could not faithfully recreate the traditions of their homelands. For example, colonists in the American South may have aspired to recreate a sense of the English Christmas. But colonial accounts of Christmas celebrations in the South do not mention the presence of mummers (masked or costumed merrymakers) or waits (musicians or carolers paid to perform at Christmastime), both of which were central figures of the traditional English Christmas. Nor do historical accounts describe settlers engaging in such traditional English customs as feasting on boars’ heads or drinking from wassail bowls (bowls filled with spiced ale or wine).
Colonists from England, France, Holland, Spain, and other countries also gradually modified their Christmas ceremonies as they encountered new cultures and traditions in the New World. For example, in large towns, where diverse groups lived close together, the common ground for celebration could often be found in public and secular festivities rather than in potentially divisive religious ceremonies. Thus, at least in New York City, the winter’s holidays often culminated on New Year’s, not Christmas.
Below is what I find when I go to bed every night. My cat's routine is to come in in the evening, pig out then sit on the back of my recliner (under the heat vent) take a bath and have a quick nap. This gets her plenty of rest for a good night sleeping and around 7 or 8 she will retire to my bed and sprawl way out and sleep there the rest of the night. Most nights she is so groggy and warm that she wont even move so you have to try to squeeze in around her to get warm. My cat's cool, but god she's a bed hog!
Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels - men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
There was once a dream called America and it existed right at the edge of the waking world. It was brought to life in a cloud of unity for the sake of equality and prosperity. It would appear that that dream is now dying as the Military/Industrial Complex sets it's sites on the next logical enemy everyday citizens (whom it claims to serve) who have done nothing wrong, but only disagree with them.
Were we truly woken from our sleep against our will or is it that others have begun a dream of their own?
QuoteLink to an excerpt from the PDF detailing some intelligence gathered by the Pentagon.
Gov. Kathleen Blanco and others blamed the federal government for a slow response. The White House said that the governor was slow to ask for troops and that state and local officials were unorganized and indecisive.
"I have determined that this incident will be of such severity and magnitude that effective response will be beyond the capabilities of the state and the affected local governments and that supplementary federal assistance will be necessary," Blanco wrote.
Three days after the storm, Blanco wrote Bush asking that the 256th Louisiana National Guard Brigade be sent home from Iraq to help. The governor also asked for more generators, medicine, health care workers and mortuaries.
Five days later, Bush assistant Maggie Grant e-mailed Blanco aide Paine Gowen to say that the White House did not receive the letter.
"We found it on the governor's Web site but we need 'an original,' for our staff secretary to formally process the requests she is making," Grant wrote. "We are on the job but appreciate your help with a technical request. Tnx!"
The stack of documents also includes a timeline put together by Blanco's staff detailing the state response; notes expressing frustration about missing items such as a communications center for police and rescuers promised by the Federal Emergency Management Agency; and e-mails working out logistics for New Orleans visits from Bush and cabinet members.
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Leaders of Iraq’s sharply divided Shiites, Kurds and Sunnis called Monday for a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S.-led forces in the country and said Iraq’s opposition had a “legitimate right” of resistance.
The final communique, hammered out at the end of three days of negotiations at a preparatory reconciliation conference under the auspices of the Arab League, condemned terrorism, but was a clear acknowledgment of the Sunni position that insurgents should not be labeled as terrorists if their operations do not target innocent civilians or institutions designed to provide for the welfare of Iraqi citizens.
The participants in Cairo agreed on “calling for the withdrawal of foreign troops according to a timetable, through putting in place an immediate national program to rebuild the armed forces ... control the borders and the security situation” and end terror attacks.
It's over. The leaders of Iraq have now asked us to make preparations to leave and by when. If Bush and his administration still insist on staying at this point it is NOT for Iraq's own good or because they have requested it. If we stay, we are staying against their will.
Bush is probably thankful as this will let him off the hook from actually having a real exit strategy - unless his concept the whole time was to simply overstay our welcome until they kicked us out.
Ohio is #36 on the list of Bush's approval ratings when ranked by state. We disapprove more than some states that were for Kerry in 2004. Hopefully my fellow Ohioans are waking up.
“The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else.”
Source:”Roosevelt in the Kansas City Star”, May 7, 1918
Web Source: NativeAlien.us
"Reasonable people can disagree about the conduct of the war, but it is irresponsible for Democrats to now claim that we misled them and the American people," Bush said in his prepared remarks.
"Only one person manipulated evidence and misled the world - and that person was Saddam Hussein," Bush added.
I hate it when Bush speaks for me, because he doesnt. I am not a member of his America and I am sure his America wouldnt want me anyway. I was and still am a member of normal America. Not the one's who are Democrats or the ones or are anything else but everything else and we dont like being lied to. And no matter how he spins the fact that he was going on the best intelligence he had - WE WERE MISLED!
Whether or not he knew the intel was bad (which I believe he did) is beside the point - WE WERE MISLED. And making comments like this only serve to cover up the fact and to assuage his own guilty conscience for his horrible actions.
Misled or not, wrong intelligence or not, bad call, misguided feeling, ill-conceived plan, fleeting notion - none of it matters - he made the decision to take us to war - HE did that. Congress (Democrats and Republicans both) backed his power and right to do so, but HE took us there. He made the choice, he is the top of the responsibility chain, but apparently he cant see that.
Saddam said he didnt have any WMD's and no ties to Al Qaeda - so as a point of fact he didnt mislead anyone about those things (remember the books and books and CD's he submitted about all of this to the UN?). And if those things dont matter because Saddam was a bad man, then maybe you should be asking this guy more questions than what you are.
And if you think that I am wrong about my conclusions, if you think that I am misguided and making connections and assumptions about all of these things then look at one thing:
The Bush administration said they went to war based on bad intelligence and now they cant pull out and should not be held accountable because all the intelligence seemed to agree that Saddam was dangerous and had links to 9/11.
Then why is the intelligence on EVERYTHING (North Korea, Iran, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Pakistan, India, China) so trustworthy and accurate but the Iraqi stuff and ONLY the Iraqi stuff was wrong. Come on - they wanted this war, they made up facts, they massaged facts, they silenced disenters and pushed and pushed to get it and now they just want us all to shut up and let them war on with out question or rebuke?! The arrogance of these people.
Still feel like the old America to you?
I'm not a journal keeper and so this blog has been lacking the normal day-to-day notes about what has been going on in my life. It's been a lot of the same lately - working, working on the Jeep, mudding, shooting, working on the Jeep some more, waiting for snow to work on the bike. I got a whole host of projects to keep me busy this winter. So just so no one is confused - this blog isnt my personal journal - more of a soapbox and a way to relate things to people that I know.
Thankfully Georgia voted to keep gay marriage illegal and protect the sanctity of the special union of marriage between a man and a woman from the moral decay and degeneration that homosexuals could have brought on. BTW that was all sarcasm for the sarcastically impaired among you.Woman charged after marrying boy, 15 - Crime & Punishment - MSNBC.com
For those wondering, the official list is 207 original XBOX games will be playable on the XBOX 360, with more still to be added.Xbox.com | Xbox 360 - Original Xbox Games on Xbox 360
Pat Robertson spouting off again. What an asshole. This guy speaks for Christians? People really need to start denouncing this nut job and places like Fox News need to keep him off the air and not give him more of a voice.
Televangelist warns of evolution doomsday - Science - MSNBC.com
“I’d like to say to the good citizens of Dover: if there is a disaster in your area, don’t turn to God, you just rejected him from your city,” Robertson said on his daily television show broadcast from Virginia, “The 700 Club.”
“And don’t wonder why he hasn’t helped you when problems begin, if they begin. I’m not saying they will, but if they do, just remember, you just voted God out of your city. And if that’s the case, don’t ask for his help because he might not be there,” he said.
The 700 Club claims a daily audience of around 1 million. It is also broadcast around the world, translated into more than 70 languages. (People for the American Way provided a video file of the 700 Club statement.)
It appears the White House has altered their transcript of a press briefing about the CIA leak to make it read something that was not said to keep it from appearing the Scott McKellen (the WH Press Secretary) implicated Karl Rove, Scooter Libby as well as someone else. It's obvious he is saying "That's accurate" - watch the clip for yourself.Think Progress » That’s Not Accurate: White House Alters Transcript of Press Briefing
Yay - thankfully the people in Dover arent as stupid as the people that WERE on the school board who stuck "Intelligent Design" in their text books.Dover voters oust intelligent design supporters - Science - MSNBC.com
PANAMA CITY, Panama (AP) - President Bush vigorously defended U.S. interrogation practices in the war on terror Monday and lobbied against a congressional drive to outlaw torture.
"There's an enemy that lurks and plots and plans and wants to hurt America again," Bush said. "So you bet we will aggressively pursue them but we will do so under the law."
He declared, "We do not torture."
What does he think his Administration has been doing to the American people for the last 5+ years - I feel tortured. And what's interesting is while he is making these statements Vice President Cheney is lobbying for an exemption to a bill by Sen. McCain (that seeks to ban all forms of torture) to all the CIA to be exempt from this. So I guess when George Bush says "we do not torture" he means all of us except the CIA. This is so absurd and yet another example of how these pricks say one thing and do and mean another.
- More evidence coming out now how pre-war intelligence was false (possibly made up by us)
- Some select emails from former FEMA director Mike Brown while people suffered and died (PDF)
- Fart FAQ
- Art Pad
- The most beautiful woman in Germany is 1's and 0's
- Masturbating cuts risk of prostate cancer. (Wulf, you will never die of this)
- Ouch my brain - MY PRECIOUS BRAIN!
- Console games manifest - I wonder just how loud a fart from a Ninja in church would actually be.
- Carbon Nanotubes + DNA equal self-building machines - I saw the Terminator, this will end badly
- If you get farther than four posts on this site and dont run and hide under your covers you are better than I am
- Find success as an Evil Overlord
Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
Voltaire (1694 - 1778)
Later, the president glowered at NBC News reporter David Gregory, when he shouted at Bush, "Are you embarrassed by these charges?" The president had to walk within a few feet of the correspondent to get to his helicopter on the South Lawn, and Bush stared hard at Gregory as he continued to shout questions.
Bush flew to Camp David, his mountaintop retreat in Maryland, for the weekend.
Libby was a driving force behind the administration's march to war against Iraq and helped assemble evidence - later proven false - asserting that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, which became the rationale for the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003.
One liar and criminal down, a lot more to go.
Tonight was Trick-or-Treat night in my town. We only had about 5 kids show up which sucked. I really wish they would start it later like when I was a kid. I mean it's hard to get into it when the sun is still out. Could be worse though - the next town over holds their's on a Sunday at 2pm! What a bunch of losers they are.
Record debt is washing over the Treasury Department, recently breaching the $8 trillion mark in money owed to foreign governments, private investors and the Social Security retirement fund used to finance deficit-spending.
Republicans, who also control the White House, have now presided over an increase in $2 trillion to the national debt over four years or so, despite contending that they are the only U.S. political party that practices fiscal discipline.
Eight years of Democrat Bill Clinton's presidency resulted in around $1.6 trillion being added to the U.S. debt, but with the possibility of paying it all off by 2015.
Got a lot more patching done on some holes coming thru inside and only have two more spots to patch and that should be all done. Not sure about the one spot though. It's part of the fender-well and I am afraid while reversing on the trail I will kick up something and stab thru that weak section. I was thinking about getting some stronger steel plate and tack weld it underneath to help deflect debris but that will have to wait. I will just becareful going crazy backwards.
|Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels - men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion. |
Dwight D. Eisenhower
There has been a discussion here at work about a new purchase and it has become apparent to me that one of the participants has now been completely broken of the idea of questioning anything or anyone. This person (oddly enough, haha) voted for George W. Bush. He listens to Rush Limbaugh all day long while here at work and ONLY watches Fox News. Prior to his "fall to the dark side" in voting and continual support of George Bush he would question EVERYTHING, but now it appears this trait has been removed from him.
Now I hate Bush and all of that and I am not knocking this person's opinion on any matter (at least not in this post), but it seems to me lately that the people who still (and seemingly blindly) support Bush have drank the Kool-Aid that makes them believe that questioning anything is wrong and a sign of disloyalty to the common cause. The Right Wing media has pummeled the American public for the last 8 years that if you question their reasoning or motives than you are no better than the terrorists (and in some extreme cases are branded a terrorist).
Just because I hate George Bush or question the reasons, motives or how things are done by the government does not mean that I love the country any less. In fact I would have to argue that I love my country enough to be this upset about how things are going.
You can be a patriot and love your country and disagree with me, afford me the same right and understanding as well.
- Have fun with George Bush as he falls and falls (3D card for best performance god Flash is still amazing)
- The Official String Theory Website
- The new 10th planet has a moon and a stupid nickname
- A Lego computer
- Learn how to fake a fingerprint
- Darwin Pond 2005
- Cat's rule - watch them jump
- Test your internet speed with Internet Frog
- If we traveled at lightspeed in 12.5 years this is what we could reach
- Photoshop craziness
- My first computer (yep this is what started it all)
- David Blaine style magic (my nephew rocks at this stuff)
- Use a pop can and a chocolate bar to make a fire
Tell us about it!
It was interesting to see all the same cliques reforming, where people jockeyed for position at certain tables to align with a certain social status that they thought they held in high school. It's amazing to see how fake some of these people still are. And my god was this the plastic surgery crowd. I simply couldnt believe just how many people were surgically skinny or had a different nose, or in one extreme case looked like a completely different person.
At any rate, it was good to reconnect with some old friends and, I have to be honest here, it was fun to see everyone bald fat and ugly. I cant wait to see all these folks in another 10 years.
- Real-life Ken Doll?
- There are dolphins in this pic? hehe
- You can never have enough fonts
- How well do you know European geography?
- An oldie, but still great - Landover Baptist
- Bob's your uncle
- America's Top 100 Speeches - #18 is VERY poignant
- Propaganda Critic
- Cat's Rule
- I made a copy of my reality in the clouds
Okay sleepy now - have fun.
Just some pictures of my cat Jonesy :) Enjoy.
- Stop having kids and sell the ones you have now
- Send your kids to a privately funded religious school (hell even use a voucher to pay for it - you can now)
- Become Amish
- Accept that evolution is a scientifically proven fact and is the basis for all bio-sciences and just shut the hell up.
Then again if you like the idea of a public school's science class muddying the waters and adding to it a purely religious centric concept such as Intelligent Design, then I on behalf of science want something back from you - um I think I will take the scientifically conceived, designed, crafted, installed and utilized pacemaker. I think that's a fair trade, you want a little of God in science then you have to give science something back too.
Arent you glad science doesnt get together and ask you to do crazy stuff like that?
Working on patching some holes in the Jeep's bed to prep it for the wet months and to keep the splash from mudding out of the body - hehe. Then I have to put a new fuel sending unit on as the one that's there now is severly corroded and I cant get a good reading for my fuel guage off of it. I am really really glad I bought my Jeep. I know if anything happens, I will always own it and I can drive it thru a brick wall or overtop of a house if need be.
Here's a link to the blog posting I was telling my friend Scott about on Saturday. This sums up VERY well how I feel about Bush on a personal level during this whole Katrina fiasco and the misery in the South. This is definately a MUST read.
And finally goodnight and good luck to my very good friend Dorie. Tonight is her last night to spend in the states. Good luck and stay safe serving in OIF6 in Iraq. Go 16th!!!
BTW, OIF6 stands for "Operation Iraqi Freedom 6". Yes they are officially up to number 6 of this conflict. The pentagon realized they can just change the name (or number at the end) of the situation and it changes all soldiers commitment terms to the conflict. This is how they can keep people over there for so long or send them back right away because each name change is technically a "new" conflict for them to serve in.