Friday, December 31, 2004

Merry Christmas

With everyone being insulted at any mention of religion I find this rant about Christmas darn good.
Some language in this one so be warned.
[ravenwood]

Thursday, December 30, 2004

The white hats of my childhood

When I grew up I knew several things. I knew my mom loved me, I knew that I loved books and I knew that our country was always the good guy. While our soldiers did not wear the white hats of Roy Rogers it was still obvious to me that we were on the right side. We fought against tyranny and it all ended when trigger came over the hill and the singing cowboy got the dame.

Today I still know my mom loves me. I still know that I love books, but the last one is harder to feel anymore. While many say our government is evil I find it difficult to argue against them most days. That bothers me, and so does this.
The airplane is a Gulfstream V turbojet, the sort favored by CEOs and celebrities. But since 2001 it has been seen at military airports from Pakistan to Indonesia to Jordan, sometimes being boarded by hooded and handcuffed passengers.

The plane's owner of record, Premier Executive Transport Services Inc., lists directors and officers who appear to exist only on paper. And each one of those directors and officers has a recently issued Social Security number and an address consisting only of a post office box, according to an extensive search of state, federal and commercial records.

Bryan P. Dyess, Steven E. Kent, Timothy R. Sperling and Audrey M. Tailor are names without residential, work, telephone or corporate histories -- just the kind of "sterile identities," said current and former intelligence officials, that the CIA uses to conceal involvement in clandestine operations. In this case, the agency is flying captured terrorist suspects from one country to another for detention and interrogation.

The CIA calls this activity "rendition." Premier Executive's Gulfstream helps make it possible. According to civilian aircraft landing permits, the jet has permission to use U.S. military airfields worldwide.
.....................
As the outlines of the rendition system have been revealed, criticism of the practice has grown. Human rights groups are working on legal challenges to renditions, said Morton Sklar, executive director of the World Organization for Human Rights USA, because one of their purposes is to transfer captives to countries that use harsh interrogation methods outlawed in the United States. That, he said, is prohibited by the U.N. Convention on Torture.
This may be quasi-legal, but it is against basic beliefs that playing games with peoples lives is wrong. Taking people to where they will be tortured to the extreme is the same as holding the rubber hose ourselves.

Then there is this.
"On a couple of occasions, I entered interview rooms to find a detainee chained hand and foot in a fetal position to the floor, with no chair, food, or water," wrote an FBI agent who gained access to the prison compound. "Most times they had urinated or defecated on themselves and had been left there for eighteen to twenty-four hours or more."

Also reported by US agents: freezing or very hot cells; feverish prisoners left untreated; loud music and strobe lights directed for long periods at prisoners in solitary confinement; growling dogs used to frighten prisoners.

The prisoners themselves have testified to even worse tortures, their stories smuggled out by lawyers after they had been held incommunicado for years. Beatings that ended in injury and even death. Forced sex acts, often videotaped for use as blackmail. Coerced confessions. Injections of unknown drugs. The prisoners' claims were so outrageous that many of their attorneys did not believe the stories until US government documents corroborated key aspects.

"Now there is no question that these guys have been tortured," said Brent Mickum, a Washington attorney for one of the roughly 10 percent of detainees at the camp who have finally secured legal representation. "Every allegation that I've heard has now come to pass and been confirmed by the government's own papers."

Even more troubling is that the FBI agents make it clear this is not the work of a few poorly supervised sadists. Their reports refer to what they described as a new--and very much secret--executive order on prisoner treatment by the President at the top of the camp's chain of command, which allowed for severe interrogation tactics, including "sleep deprivation and stress positions" combined with "loud music, interrogators yelling at subjects and prisoners with hoods on their heads."
Torture, no matter what reasons you give, is the line between us and them. We seem to be acting like them more and more. While I am not sure of the methods involved, I feel we are holding the rubber hose in this situation.

How long till we have a book like this published here, to our shame?



We no longer can claim to wear the white hats, and there is no trigger coming over the hill to end the movie. There are no more singing cowboys people.
A moment please

Drudge report is a site I go to regularly and it has always had a good selection of stories, and sometimes breaking news.

Today the head line reads SUN BATHING IN HELL. A nice catchy phrase and a story goes along with it.
As many Westerners waited for news of missing loved ones others arrived to take holidays as usual.
Now the article is pretty balanced, but it could have said so much more. I guess that is why I am doing this post

Instead of telling the story of the people there who have decided tsunami or not to continue with their lives. It should tell the story of the people who busted their butt to get the hotels running and start getting on their feet again and soon.

The story he links to is less about Sun bathing in hell, and more about the spirit of man to continue along no matter what type of crap life throws their way.

So to the people of Asia who are going back to work I respect you.

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

"The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty
decreases." (Thomas Jefferson)

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Work a good 30 minutes and a good post about the UN and the American relief to earthquake victims form and blogger goes to a 404 page when you post and it goes bye-bye.
Some days are worse then others.

Monday, December 27, 2004

EFF does it again

The Electronic Freedom Foundation has put out a program that helps you surf with a higher level of privacy.
Tor is a toolset for a wide range of organizations and people that want to improve their safety and security on the Internet. Using Tor can help you anonymize web browsing and publishing, instant messaging, IRC, SSH, and more. Tor also provides a platform on which software developers can build new applications with built-in anonymity, safety, and privacy features.
Since I just found out about this all I can say is that the EFF is a trusted group and I will be reading up on this more.

Check it out.
Treason most foul

Treasonous DVD's entering the country and what is being done to stop them. Sounds goofy on the surface but over at MBF Today he got a bit of a surprise with a DVD he ordered from Italy.
I, Andrea Bevilacqua certify that the film/video imported by Internet Bookshop Italia ( www.internetbookshop.it ) from Italy by Federal Express on 12/15/2004, under air way bill number ______________________ contains no obscene or immoral matter, nor any matter advocating or urging treason or insurrection against the United States of America, nor any threat to take life or inflict bodily harm upon any person in the United States #
A DVD loyalty oath. I was a little tickled by the simple illogic of this. In the modern age of internet information the DVD can be sent over the lines with no hindrance, then I started to thing.

Danger Will Robinson! Danger!
"contains no material advocating or urging treason or insurrection"
That is the important line in my opinion.
Is this urging people?
Every generation needs a new revolution #
That sounds violent to me.

How about these gems
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.#

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.#

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.#

I have sworn upon the alter of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.#
These violent revolutionary comments are not muttered by Fidel or Che, they were also not sung from Mao's little book, they are by Thomas Jefferson. Old school revolutionary and advocate of violence.

This DVD loyalty oath is a symptom of something fundamentally wrong with the way things are moving in this country. Loyalty words like "patriot" are being given to bills that have nothing to do with patriotism. National ID's done in the name of security, and DVD's swearing an oath that they will act good and not mention the words of revolutionaries like Jefferson or Franklin, or that evil slave owning militia leader Washington.

While he never even thought of DVD's or the technology of our time he did say one thing that gives a an idea that this is wrong.
I am mortified to be told that, in the United States of America, the sale of a book(or DVD) can become a subject of inquiry, and of criminal inquiry too. #
One person made the comment on the other blog that without seals and such that this is probably made by the Italian shipper to insure delivery. Is it sad that in this age people feel they have to declare their loyalty and the loyalty of the films to do business.

I am not even going to go into the total hypocrisy of the "obscene or immoral matter". Our government says that parents should decide what is correct for their children to read, and the government should decided what is good for the parent to be exposed to. This shipper is more afraid of upsetting the government then the person getting the DVD.
Something just wrong here

A mans house is robbed and he is threatened with bodily harm. He gets his firearm and shoots the punk and things get surreal.
They did not arrest the man. That is strange, but they then take the "guns" of the man who shot the burglar. Not just the one he shot him with, but several.
Quicke said deputies told him that the man, with a wound in his buttocks and in his wrist, claimed he was shot during a drive-by shooting that morning, but that he didn't wish to press charges against whoever shot him.

Said Quicke: "He's still got the bullets in him, from what I was told."

Quicke said detectives told him that they hadn't arrested the man yet because they were still gathering evidence. Quicke said he fears that before they do, the robber will show up at his house again.

"He's going to be back, and the damn cops took my guns."
Now I can understand taking the one for evidence and ballistics to prosecute the criminal, but why the rest. The "bad guy" lives right down the road and now the victim is unarmed. This is wrong in so many ways.

I have noticed this in other articles and it has simply struck me wrong. The right to protect yourself can be negated when the ability to protect yourself is removed.

Saturday, December 25, 2004

My wife knows just what I like

Well Christmas was good to me this year. My dear lovely wife purchased for me many books, but there are three that stand out and makes me love her ever so much.

The British people at war. A book about the Brits living under the German assault. Published in 1942 this book is written by the ones who were living it at that momment. Hard bound it is one that goes on the keeper shelf.

Baa Baa Black Sheep by Pappy Boyington. Not just by him but with his signature. His own story published in 1958. It tells about his career in the military, his war, and even the time in the POW camp after being shot down. This is the one I like the best. Being a WW2 enthusiest I like to read the stories from the people who lived it, not some johnny-come-lately who read old telegraphs and dispatches and creates a "new twist" on certain issues. The signature comes with a small note
"Oct 13, 1978
To Dot-
With loads of luck-
from-
Pappy Boyington"
He became famous during world war two and even later with a series based upon the group of men that he lead so daringly during the war. This hard back also goes on the keeper shelf.

While Pappy was given 97 confirmed kills the next book is by one with 275 victories, and being shot down 3 times.

Gunther Rall a memoir. This authorized biography is his story during world war two on the Eastern Front fighting the Soviets and his life during and after the war. I was surprised to read that he became the chief of the new German airforce. It is also signed by him under the cover.
Gunther Rall: A Memoir Luftwaffe Ace and NATO General By Jill Amadio 448 pages Gunther Rall was the elite of the elite. The third ranking German fighter ace of World War II with 275 kills, Rall and his fellow fighter pilots were feared and respected in the war-torn skies of Europe. Now, with author Jill Amadio, Gunther Rall recalls his years as a fighter pilot in the Luftwaffe on both the Eastern and Western fronts in this long awaited biography, Gunther Rall: A Memoir. Rall recounts his many dramatic victories and his narror brushes with death, as well as a NATO general.
So this Christmas I received some nice items from my dear wife. I am glad she knows exactely what I like.

Friday, December 24, 2004

So with a house full of family and good cheer I say Merry Christmas to all.

Thursday, December 23, 2004

Mail

A few items got me to thinking about the mail system we have today. The first was a slip of paper left on the front door of our house yesterday saying that we had a registered letter and the other was this story I found on another site about being stuck in the eternally slow post office line. The closest thing to pergatory that is on this planet, next to my wife's meatloaf.

I have never like the post office. It seems one of the most over-managed and user unfriendly companies out there. I would like to be able to go to Fed Ex or UPS because they have nice long hours and just want to help you. The post office is like the dentist. We hate to deal with them ,but we have to do it sooner or later. My wife is getting off early today and may be able to get the letter before they close at the horribly early hour of 4:30. Fortunately snow got her out of work early, not the need to get the letter.

Letters. It is illegal for other companies to deliver letters. Parcels and packages are fine, but you touch a letter and they break your legs. A legal monopoly. The culmination of a business controlling a market. Normally the result of good business practices and hard work, but this monopoly was handed to the post office with the threat of legal force behind it. On the silver platter of law. They never had to earn it. So why even act like you give a damn about the people you serve market you control.

Well back before the Civil War there were many private mail companies. Henry Wells of Wells Fargo fame ran one. But the one who was the biggest thorn in the side of the US post office was Lysander Spooner.

He was a strange person who walked to the beat of a very different drummer, but he did leave an impact on us in his win, and the resulting monopoly that we live under.
To begin with, Spooner couldn't understand why the Post Office should have a monopoly on mail delivery. He was schooled enough in law, however, to know that the Constitution ordered Congress to provide for mail delivery and it had done so with a postal department. But the wily Spooner found a loophole - the Constitution did not declare that a private citizen could not do likewise.

Spooner squared off for battle! With the loophole as his main ammunition, he organized his own postal service and audaciously named it "The American Letter Mail Company." The company offered to deliver letters, with no limit on weight at reduced rates. He even ran an ad on the front page of the "New York Daily Tribune" with the following information: "AMERICAN POST OFFICE - The American Letter Mail Company has established post offices in New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Boston, and will deliver letter daily from each city to the others - twice a day between New York and Philadelphia. Postage 6 1/4 cents per each half-ounce, payable in advance always. Stamps 20 for a dollar. Their purpose it to carry letters by the most rapid conveyances, and at the cheapest rates and to extend their operations (as fast as patronage will justify) over the principal routes of the country, so as to give the public the most extensive facilities for correspondence that can be afforded at a uniform rate.
His effort to compete made them drop the price of a stamp from 18 3/4 cents each to 3. That is what competition does.

He fought them in court, and won, and he won market shares that sent the powers that be into fits. So what do they do?
In 1851, Congress again lowered rates and simultaneously enacted a law to protect the government's monopoly on the distribution of mail. Whereas threats of jail had not fazed or dampened Spooner's zeal in the fight, the latter move by Congress forced him into defeat.

Later that year, Congress lowered the postal rate to three cents for delivery anywhere in the country. In 1958, it had climbed to four cents and has not stopped climbing since.
When you have a market with no competition you get greedy and sloppy(see microsoft).

Now I understand that the post office is a non profit company. They should be ashamed of that fact. When a company can deliver the same service and make a profit but is restricted by federal law then the laws are BAD.
So would allowing a private company the chance to compete against a dinosaur of a monopoly do good things for us? Yes they would.

Here and here are a couple of good articles about the rise of the modern state mail monopoly.
They simply do not get it

Blogs are personnel editorials for the world to read and a lot of the time we blog on other editorials and how good, or bad they are. Without rehashing the same theme of gun control over and over again I did find an editorial that says in simple terms what the government, and the Brady groups and its clones do not get.
These advocates continually push for more restrictions on firearm purchases in vain attempts to keep guns from criminals and others who shouldn’t have access to them.
The problem with such laws is that criminals routinely ignore them (after all, they are criminals). Law-abiding citizens who have every right to purchase and own firearms are the ones who pay the price for these laws.
The criminals do not obey the law. The real crime is the people, like you and me, who want to live a peaceful life are being punished for the crimes of others.

The article goes on to mention something that intrigued me.
The argument in favor of the law was that criminals were taking advantage of the fact that such checks had been required only if a licensed firearms dealer was selling a gun. But if a recent report from the Justice Department is any indicator, this law and others like it are likely not very effective.
Now maybe he meant this infamous CDC report that the Brady groups refuse to admit exists. But if you know of a DOJ report please send me a link. Would love to read that one.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Santa's side job?

I have no love for the system of "homeland security" that is growing in this country, but when even Santa seems to be part of it then we are screwed.

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Let the public speak

A while back I blogged on the issue of the government pulling public domain images and information from the web.
"The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) intends to remove
its Flight Information Publications (FLIP), Digital Aeronautical
Flight Information File (DAFIF), and related aeronautical safety of
navigation digital and hardcopy publications from public sale and
distribution," the agency stated in a Federal Register Notice
today.
With this being one of the more goofy things the government is doing in its paranoid acts in defense of the "homeland" I was not surprised they did it.

Well it seems that they are doing a 180 degree turn and letting us speak. How benevolent of them
After initial feedback from the public on NGA's notice in Federal Register Volume 69, Number 222, pages 67546-67547, NGA has determined that a period of public comment will benefit the final decision on this policy issue. Therefore, NGA is inviting public comment on the proposed action to withdraw aeronautical data and products from public distribution. The period of comment will be open from the date of this Register until 30 June 2005. NGA will consider all comments when making the final decision to go forward with this proposed action, in part, in whole, or not at all.
I see that the most likely benefit will be for them to "look" like they are hearing us cry "foul".

So this is like the infamous townhall meeting that politicians love. Lots of show and the people love them, but they produce nothing. Maybe I am to cynical lately, but the government seems to think a pat on the head will make all of our worries go away. So this is a small win. It shows they do understand that there is a vocal percentage of the people who they have to listen to.

I have no use for information like this, but the idea that it is kept from me is bothersome to say the least.
Some days it is just to easy

The government in its great desire to become the paternal all seeing and all protecting machine that it desires has now gone overboard and entered the realm of comedic rulings.

Are they protecting us from evil drugs or terrorists? Nope. WORSE. They are protecting our innocent children and our families from UGLY TOMATOES.
In a season of tomato shortages, producers of a specialty tomato appropriately named UglyRipe are not shipping most of their tomatoes outside Florida because sometimes looks are everything.

Unlike the smooth, round baseball-size tomatoes usually shipped from Florida from mid-October through mid-April, the lush, vine-ripened UglyRipes have what the industry calls a "cat face," full of uneven crevices and ridges. The Florida Tomato Committee, a trade group that controls sales and shipments of round tomatoes, has determined that the brand does not meet its standards for shape, lack of blemishes and other defects.
Here is a nice close up image (and information) of them and even though I am not a tomato person they look pretty good to me.
The flavor of these unique tomatoes is so exceptional that they are quickly becoming the gourmet favorite among chefs and consumers alike.
In the grand scheme of things this is small. No one will die if they do not get their fried tomatoes or cheap pizza sauce. But there is a underlying issue here that we need to face. There is a shortage, and there is a supply. When regulations that are just stupid effect supply then they are wrong.

The article even brings up the second evil of regulatory groups like this. That they may be suppressing the uglyripe market for the good of other growers.
Joe Procacci, the chairman of Procacci Brothers of Philadelphia, whose subsidiaries grow the UglyRipes in Florida, contends that the committee is afraid of the competition from a tomato whose sales have tripled in the past few years, especially in winter.

The Florida Tomato Committee is the problem.
From their website.
Florida tomatoes are traded throughout all of North America and Japan. In every market we appear, you can be sure that Florida tomatoes follow some of the strictest regulations that exist for any produce in the U.S. or abroad. These regulations are in place to assure that wherever you find a Florida tomato, you can be certain that it is of the highest quality.

While there are slight differences in some of the regulations for foreign and domestic markets, Florida tomatoes adhere to a set of standards for size, shape, and color to make sure that you can always get a consistent product from Florida.
They give a whole two paragraphs to describe their ability to control our dinner table.

Thumping is the true regulatory power in America. My wife thumps melons and she chooses what is ripe, smells nice, sounds good, and the right color. She is the final authority on what we will eat, not some regulatory goon in Florida or wherever the hell melons are grown.

I have a wild thought people. Let the consumer make the final decision. What an original idea.

So lets take a moment and send a nice thank you to the regulatory group in Florida for deciding ugly tomatoes are bad in this period of shortage.
EMAIL: info@floridatomatoes.org

Florida Tomato Committee
Samantha Winters
Director, Education and Promotion
samantha@floridatomatoes.org
PHONE: 407-660-1949
FAX: 407-660-1656

Mailing Address:
FLORIDA TOMATO COMMITTEE
800 Trafalgar Court
Suite 300
Maitland, FL 32751
Tell them I said "HI!".

In Florida, which produces 70 percent of the fresh tomatoes sold in the United States in winter, the round tomato is the standard.

"The major growers decided this is the kind of tomato we want on the market," Mr. Jonas said.
Translation: "Eat what we send you and shut the hell up you peons"
I am back, and bemused

My computer has been dead since the 14th, and yes I did go into withdrawals. After finally giving up on rebuilding it I go out and purchase a new one that was on holiday sale.
Emails were the first thing I checked and I got this on the 20th
Brassring mail system
This is an automatically generated Anti-Virus notification. A virus (W32/Netsky-P) has been detected by the AV engine(Sophos). The action triggered and data are given below. Message is quarantined for 0 days.

Message details are as follows.

*****
From: GUNNERS-HOME-EMAIL@bellsouth.net
Subject: Re: Test
Date: 2004-12-17 08:38:14
*****
I can honestly say that I cannot send email from a dead computer with no power.
Then today I got this in the mail.
Content violation found in email message.

From: GUNNERS-HOME-EMAIL@bellsouth.net
To: dawng@findwhat.com

File(s): message.scr

Matching filename: *.scr
This is not dated but it looks like there is a computer out there sending in my name. Rather irritating to be honest. I might give my ISP server a call and tell them it is not me if anyone complains.

But I am back. I will be blogging light for the next several days, but for those who keep dropping by thank you very much.

Sunday, December 19, 2004

Good News, Bad News, and More Bad News

The Good News - Gunner is back online! Hurrah!!

The Bad News - I had to get a new computer for him in order to get him back online!

It turns out the part I ordered for him is even more heat sensitive than his old one and will not get through the four disks needed to rebuild his hard drive.

So in the interests of time and my sanity I went computer shopping today.

I now get to argue with the company I purchased the drive from to either replace it or refund my money. If they replace it, some lucky niece or nephew will be getting a nice laptop sometime this year.

The More Bad News? - It will probably take Gunner a day or two to get his computer setup the way he likes it and he will probably be a bit quiet till then.

Good Night!

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Hurrah!

We ordered a replacement drive last night,(Gunner found one for a far more reasonable price than !!$635!!) which should go out today. I shelled out $40 for overnight delivery. With a little bit of luck Gunner should be up and blogging by Saturday morning!

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Sorry, one and all ...

Gunner's CD-ROM decided to go belly-up while I was rebuilding his hard drive. Which means that not only does he not have a disk drive, he has no hard drive either as it was mid-lobotomy at the time. A replacement will be ordered tonight and he should be back up by Saturday.

Keep your fingers crossed!
HP sucks

Computer has decided to become unfriendly so I will be off line for a short bit
Christmas Fruit Cake

It's a little early for this, but, who's counting???

1 cup of water
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup of sugar
1 tsp salt
1 cup of brown sugar
2 tsp lemon juice
4 large eggs
1 cup nuts
2 cups of dried fruit
1 bottle Jose Cuervo Tequila

Sample the Cuervo to check quality. Take a large bowl, check the Cuervo
again, to be sure it is of the highest quality, pour one level cup and
drink.

Turn on the electric mixer... Beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy
bowl.

Add one teaspoon of sugar... Beat again.

At this point it's best to make sure the Cuervo is still OK, try another
cup ... just in case.

Turn off the mixerer thingy. Break 2 leggs and add to the bowl and chuck
in the cup of dried fruit, Pick the frigging fruit off fl! oor... Mix on
the turner. If the fried druit gets stuck in the beaterers just pry it
loose with a drewscriver. Sample the Cuervo to check for tonsisticity.

Next, sift two cups of salt, or something.
Who giveshz a sheet. Check the Jose Cuervo. Now shift the lemon juice
and strain your nuts. Add one table. Add a spoon of sugar, or somefink.
Whatever you can find.

Greash the oven.

Turn the cake tin 360 degrees and try not to fall over. Don't forget to
beat off the turner. Finally, throw the bowl through the window, finish
the Cose Juervo and make sure to put the stove in the dishwasher.

CHERRY MISTMAS!!

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Monster flop

The whole nation is falling all over itself in ecstasy at the giant super big huge monster burger.

Only problem is that here in Nashville we have been enjoying a burger of greater stature and taste at the same price.

Fat Mo's is a Nashville hotspot when it comes to burgers. No east coast salads, no diet wraps, and no funky light dressing. Just full of the vein clogging goodness that makes a burger what it is. Anything else is a cheap wannabe with a better PR department. So while the mindless masses run towards Hardees I will be partaking of the pure fatty goodness that is the Fat Mo's super deluxe burger.



Lets compare the wannabe to the original

27 ounces(plus) Fat Mo's super deluxe burger
16 ounce Fat Mo's deluxe burger
10 2/3 ounces Monster
8 ounces Fat Mo's Burger

The monster burger is just a little better then the baby size Fat Mo's burger that our children teethe on here. Don't expect a fast turn around there. They don't even start cooking it until you order. No heat lamp leather burgers that have become the fare of so many places. This is the real thing.

The media is hyping this like it is the next Starbucks
A self-described "monument to decadence," the Monster Thickburger consists of two slabs of beef (one-third pound each), three slices of cheese, four strips of bacon and a partridge in a pear tree. No, scratch that last ingredient. But there is a generous dollop of mayonnaise on top, and the whole thing is nestled between two sesame-seed buns.

Which are buttered.

The Monster Thickburger weighs in at a staggering 1,420 calories, with 107 grams of fat. The numbers for a Big Mac are 490 and 25; for a Whopper, 670 and 41
Not impressed here people. Hardees is years behind and their "monster" is simply smoke and mirrors. I recently ordered one. It was fine, but I could have gotten a lot more at Fat Mo's and not put money in some corporate drones retirement account.
Fat Mo understands the importance of freshness. Probably the best burger in Nashville - one that I'll gladly wait for, no matter how many cars ahead of me.#

The 27-ounce, three-patty Super Deluxe should be all you need. For lighter appetites, the Little Mo offers a quarter pound of beefy goodness. Fat Mo's isn't as speedy as a McChain, but the quality and quantity are well worth the time.#
So if you are in Southern Nashville and want to enjoy a real burger and a giant order of seasoned fries then drop by Fat Mo's.
Michael Moore is ok.

He is safe in Hollywood and not in any danger. Any resemblance between him and the source of fire is purely coincidental.
So true

Russ Wallace has a daily comic and today it is closer to the truth then most would think.

Monday, December 13, 2004

New Jersey wins!

Way to go and you should be proud your unregulated industry is producing such high quality goods.
What happens when the joke becomes reality?

I have seen the following internet born joke for a long time. It has become a bit of a legend in the second amendment protected rights circles.
This is an extract of an National Public Radio (NPR) interview between a female broadcaster and US Army Lieutenant General Reinwald about sponsoring a Boy Scout Troop on his military installation.
Interviewer: "So, LTG Reinwald, what are you going to do with these young boys on their adventure holiday?"

LTG Reinwald: "We're going to teach them climbing, canoeing, archery, and shooting."

Interviewer: "Shooting! That's a bit irresponsible, isn't it?"

LTG Reinwald: "I don't see why, they'll be properly supervised on the range."

Interviewer: "Don't you admit that this is a terribly dangerous activity to be teaching children?"

LTG Reinwald: "I don't see how, we will be teaching them proper range discipline before they even touch a firearm."

Interviewer: "But you're equipping them to become violent killers."

LTG Reinwald: "Well, you're equipped to be a prostitute, but you're not one, are you?"

End of the interview
While on the surface it is funnier then hell there is now a story I have just found out about that sort of links to this joke.

A professor wrote a letter to one of the local papers, most likely because of the built in media slant about firearms stories. He included a comment that is born from this joke I think.
The issues of gun control and free speech dominate a lawsuit filed by an Oklahoma University geology professor who used a blunt sexual comparison to criticize a pro-gun control newspaper column and later was demoted for that and other perceived transgressions.

The letter that geology professor David Deming wrote to the editor of the Oklahoma Daily newspaper in February 2000 argued that the owner of an unregistered gun was no more likely to become a murderer than a woman who had not registered her sex organ was to becoming a prostitute.

The letter prompted 25 charges of sexual harassment against Deming, filed "by people I had never met," he stated in a subsequent column. And while those charges were eventually dropped, Deming believes the letter remained a sore spot for university officials, contributing to their decision to oust him from the Oklahoma University (OU) School of Geology and Geophysics, strip Deming of most of his classes and relocate his office to a basement lab.

Deming's federal lawsuit, filed in July of this year, argues that he was denied academic freedom and it seeks to restore his university position and privileges. The university is seeking to dismiss Deming's complaint and a ruling on that motion is expected soon, according to a press release from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), the non-profit group assisting Deming.
Do you want to guess what happened. Sexual harrassment complaints occurred and damn the first amendment. The PC police wanted their pound of flesh and this poor sap was the victim.

Now you might think this is simply a female attack on him. Nope. This was a full court press on him by even the faculty. The emails they sent are simply a symptom of a greater problem.
"University e-mails and documents illustrate a conspiracy to silence a colleague whose outspoken views challenge the norm at OU. This is a naked attempt to subvert academic freedom."

Among the documents that FIRE obtained in a public records request was a July 2003 e-mail sent by John Snow, dean of the College of Geosciences, to William Clopine, chair of the Geology Alumni Council.

"Somehow I have to convince Roger (Slatt) that he needs to ignore and then marginalize Deming ... As long as we keep our i's dotted and our t's crossed, all Deming can really do is make noise and cause a bit more paperwork," Snow's e-mail stated.

He also reportedly suggested in the e-mail that Clopine get supportive alumni to call Slatt and encourage him, because "all [Deming] really is a bump on the road [sic]."
U of O. All speech is protected...as long as we like it. is the new school chant it seems.

Now the professor is not above blame here. He is a bit of a pain and runs his mouth a bit in the form of letters. Here is a nice example.
In 1998, for instance, he wrote to the student newspaper, The Oklahoma Daily, after an article appeared about the paucity of women in engineering. "There is significant scientific evidence that sex-based differences in spatial and mathematical abilities may be biological in origin," he wrote. "For example, male rats do better in mazes than females. I concede it is possible that those female rats performed poorly because they were distressed by the lack of proper role models, but somehow this seems implausible."
Heck. Even I can see this is the sort of comment that was written to piss people off. But he does have the right to his opinions without him fearing for his job. This is America you fuck'tards at U of O. He can say what he wants to say without fear of reprisal.

But this is the one that got him in trouble.
trouble really started in 2000 when he wrote a now infamous letter to the editor comparing handguns to vaginas. The Oklahoma Daily ran a column by Joni Kletter, of the Yale Daily News, arguing that "easy access to a handgun allows everyone in this country, including criminals, youth and the mentally disabled, to quickly and easily kill as many random people as they want."

Mr. Deming, who is a member of the National Rifle Association, fired back. "I just want to point out that Kletter's 'easy access' to a vagina enables her to 'quickly and easily' have sex with 'as many random people' as she wants," he wrote. "Her possession of an unregistered vagina also equips her to work as a prostitute and spread venereal diseases. Let's hope Kletter is as responsible with her equipment as most gun owners are with theirs."
Shocking. Yes! But is it a good comparison? I would say it is ok, but it seems written for shock value.

So there at U of O they won. They have destroyed a man for having opinions and saying thinks they do not like. Stuck down in a corner office with no classes he is in a limbo meant to do one thing. To drive him far away from their sight.
And while he has tried to get another job, he sees that option as unlikely. "Whenever you punch my name into the Internet," he says, "the first thing you see is 'sexual harassment.'"

So he is left sending little jabs to his foes. His e-mail signature, which he regularly updates with a new quotation, now ends with these words from Aristippus, a follower of Socrates: "The most impressive spectacle in life is the sight of a virtuous man steadily pursuing his course in the midst of vicious people."
Show no mercy Mr. Deming in your lawsuit sir.

Friday, December 10, 2004

I received a good question from Justin Buist

Justin asked this in the comments about the 9/11 bill that was just passed.
Where's the whole thing? I nabbed what I -thought- was all of S 2845 PP from Thomas (http://thomas.loc.gov) printed to a PostScript file then converted to PDF and it only came through as 216 pages.
I went and pulled up the bill and found it rather small also. There was no way, even with large fonts, government legal spacing, and big indentations would we get 3000 pages out of it.

So where did the rest of the blind-mans bill come from?

The real meat and gravy of Washington is one hand washing the other. Amendments people. Over 263 amendments added to ONE bill.

So I thought you would like to see what one single amendment looks like for size comparison. I decided to pick amendment 100(one hundred) and print it here.
100. S.AMDT.3806 to S.2845 To improve the transition between Presidential administrations.
Sponsor: Sen McCain, John [AZ] (introduced 9/30/2004) Cosponsors (1)
Latest Major Action: 9/30/2004 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 3806 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Thus amendment was added to and passed along with the 9/11 bill.
Text
SA 3806. Mr. McCAIN (for himself and Mr. LIEBERMAN) proposed an amendment to the bill S. 2845, to reform the

[Page: S10082]
intelligence community and the intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government, and for other purposes; as follows:

At the end of the bill, add the following:



TITLE __--PRESIDENTIAL TRANSITION
SEC. __01. PRESIDENTIAL TRANSITION.

(a) SERVICES PROVIDED PRESIDENT-ELECT.--Section 3 of the Presidential Transition Act of 1963 (3 U.S.C. 102 note) is amended--

(1) by adding after subsection (a)(8)(A)(iv) the following:

``(v) Activities under this paragraph shall include the preparation of a detailed classified, compartmented summary by the relevant outgoing executive branch officials of specific operational threats to national security; major military or covert operations; and pending decisions on possible uses of military force. This summary shall be provided to the President-elect as soon as possible after the date of the general elections held to determine the electors of President and Vice President under section 1 or 2 of title 3, United States Code.'';

(2) by redesignating subsection (f) as subsection (g); and

(3) by adding after subsection (e) the following:

``(f)(1) The President-elect should submit to the Federal Bureau of Investigation or other appropriate agency and then, upon taking effect and designation, to the agency designated by the President under section 115(b) of the National Intelligence Reform Act of 2004, the names of candidates for high level national security positions through the level of undersecretary of cabinet departments as soon as possible after the date of the general elections held to determine the electors of President and Vice President under section 1 or 2 of title 3, United States Code.

``(2) The responsible agency or agencies shall undertake and complete as expeditiously as possible the background investigations necessary to provide appropriate security clearances to the individuals who are candidates described under paragraph (1) before the date of the inauguration of the President-elect as President and the inauguration of the Vice-President-elect as Vice President.''.

(b) SENSE OF THE SENATE REGARDING EXPEDITED CONSIDERATION OF NATIONAL SECURITY NOMINEES.--It is the sense of the Senate that--

(1) the President-elect should submit the nominations of candidates for high-level national security positions, through the level of undersecretary of cabinet departments, to the Senate by the date of the inauguration of the President-elect as President; and

(2) for all such national security nominees received by the date of inauguration, the Senate committees to which these nominations are referred should, to the fullest extent possible, complete their consideration of these nominations, and, if such nominations are reported by the committees, the full Senate should vote to confirm or reject these nominations, within 30 days of their submission.

(c) SECURITY CLEARANCES FOR TRANSITION TEAM MEMBERS.--

(1) DEFINITION.--In this section, the term ``major party'' shall have the meaning given under section 9002(6) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

(2) IN GENERAL.--Each major party candidate for President may submit, before the date of the general election, requests for security clearances for prospective transition team members who will have a need for access to classified information to carry out their responsibilities as members of the President-elect's transition team.

(3) COMPLETION DATE.--Necessary background investigations and eligibility determinations to permit appropriate prospective transition team members to have access to classified information shall be completed, to the fullest extent practicable, by the day after the date of the general election.

(d) EFFECTIVE DATE.--Notwithstanding section 341, this section and the amendments made by this section shall take effect on the date of enactment of this Act.
This is one of the smaller add ons. I found several even larger ones.

The true power in Washington is the amendments that a person can get passed. So the 9/11 bill was not the behemoth that it started as, you can thank the politicians for what it became.

During Clintons era there was a push on for a line item veto. This bill is the perfect example of why that ability was pushed. While it would create an over abundance of power into the White house I see a limitation on amendments as the better option. 263 is simple abuse of office in my view.

I would link to the full amendments but the government has figured out that permanent links are bad so they all are short term. Thanks Washington.
Where did the White house go??

The government has gotten a bit loopy in the near past pulling images from public databases for very questionable reasons and even masking over the roofs of building in aerial photos.

But now they have even photoshopped in trees to cover the landscape. While I would say it would be easy to simply walk up and take some pictures I think being "brown with camera" is illegal lately.

I do think, hell I know, that the government is acting very paranoid.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Voting on the unknown

The large 3000 page 9/11 bill just went through the house and was passed to the shame of a lot of people.
To give you an idea how big 3000 pages is here is a comparison

3000--pages 9/11 bill just passed
1472---pages War and peace by Leo Tolstoy
1075---pages Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
701-----pages Black's Law Dictionary (Pocket), 2nd Edition
1440---pages doomsday Book: A Complete Translation(census of Norman England 1000AD#)

Now as I have no belief I can read something two times the size of War and peace, something written in the legal doublespeak of our legislature, and understand every part of it. Yet somehow they voted on an unread final bill and passed it.
If you were a member of Congress, would you vote "yes" on a 3,000 page bill that you never had a chance to read? Most reasonable people wouldn't. Most reasonable people would want to read and study legislation before deciding how to vote; especially legislation as monumental as the intelligence reorganization legislation or the so-called 9/11 bill.

And monumental it is. The legislation would greatly affect various intelligence and military agencies and procedures; financial systems; international relations; not to mention civil liberties. In addition, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that the legislation will cost $14.4 billion to implement between 2005 and 2009. That's $14.4 billion on top of the normal annual budgets for the various governmental agencies involved.

Yet this monumental legislation will be voted on by members of Congress without those members having had time to read, let alone study, the bill. It's just after 2:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 7th. The U.S. House is expected to vote on the 9/11 bill sometime today or tomorrow. But at this moment, there isn't a copy of the final bill available for House members to read
The recent bill in the house was just voted on and I thought you might like to know how they voted.

Representatives of Tennessee

No William L Jenkins R - 01
No John J Duncan Jr. R - 02
No Zach Wamp R - 03
Aye Lincoln Davis D - 04
Aye Jim Cooper D - 05
No Bart Gordon D - 06
No Marsha Blackburn R - 07
Aye John S. Tanner D - 08
Aye Harold E Ford D - 09

So here we have four of our own legislators voting for something that there is NO WAY they can know all of it. Hey! As long as they get their piece of the pork barrel they are happy it seems.
Remember how passage of the Patriot Act was handled? Members had only two to three hours to read the final 400-page bill before they had to cast their vote. The legislation that created the Department of Homeland Security was handled in the same way.

So, here we go again. Everyone is talking about this monumental legislation as if they've read it. News reporters, commentators, political analysts, think tanks; 9/11 families; and yes, members of Congress are busy sounding off as experts trying to convince the American public that Congress should pass it. Have any of these people actually read it? Their opinions are just based upon someone else's opinions that are based upon other people's opinions and so on.

The House version of the intelligence reorganization bill is in two volumes. Volume 1 is 1,778 pages. Volume 2 is 1,586 pages. How many pages are in the final conference report and what exactly has been added or deleted at the last minute? Well, as of 2:00 p.m. ET, the final report is not available for members to read. But the vote on that enormous bill will be held within hours.
So this seems to be the new way people in Washington will vote. Blind and dumb.

So what are we now going to enjoy as new laws?
SEC. 2173. NEXT GENERATION AIRLINE PASSENGER PRESCREENING

SEC. 2171. PROVISION FOR THE USE OF BIOMETRIC OR OTHER TECHNOLOGY

Issuance of SSNs at birth, with electronic birth certificates

Federal recognition standards for driver's license (a.k.a. national ID card
That's right. SSN numbers even if you don't want one. Tough luck. You have NO say in the matter. Scanning your face to protect you. Not sure how, but you have NO say.

Welcome to the brave new post 9/11 world.

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Everyday across this country more and more of the people who are sworn to protect us end up wearing black. People are being arrested for "paper" violations.
The balance is off.


"Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force" (George Washington)

Art work by Ryan VanOrden. The title of the drawing is Dark Future.
USS Arizona Dec 7 1941
Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone
Look real stupid and they write about it for the whole world to mock you.

PART IX

Who invited the black guy to the Klan rally Christmas party? The BNP did, that's who.

The BNP is a far right wing political party with major racist leanings (they're damn bigots but I am trying to be nice here) in England and they really look foolish now.
BNP members who mistakenly hired a black DJ for their Christmas party proved yesterday they were not just racist but STUPID.

Official Bob Garner said: "There was a bit of a cock-up. The chap who booked him didn't realise. The DJ sounded white on the phone."
.......
Some members of the far right group were so outraged by the blunder they walked out of the hotel where their party was staged.

And those that stayed had to keep their bigoted beliefs secret instead of parading them in end of year speeches.

Garner, branch organiser for Croydon, South London, admitted: "Everyone was a bit alarmed when the DJ turned up.

"A lot of people weren't happy - I wasn't, really - and one or two walked out. But some younger members thought it was a bit ironic and danced away the night.
While I am happy they "danced away the night", I do feel this puts them squarely into the fools column.
"What are you supposed to do? Tell him to clear off? It was very, very embarrassing."
Yep. Fools column has a place for them.

[Cronoca]

Part I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII VIII
The state is not your friend
repeat
The state is not your friend


The fact that their actions are strong arm at best makes them the enemy. The fact they react without any original thought of their own, they use forms to define their actions make them the enemy.

I read this and all I have is anger towards the government and its mindless drones of social workers.
Zepeda and his wife are blind, and they believe that's why they were targeted by employees of Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City and San Mateo County social workers. Officials from the hospital didn't return calls, and county officials declined to comment on the specifics of the couple's situation but said the process the couple went through was common.
After their son, Rivaldo, was born Friday morning, Marco and Adelina Zepeda asked a nurse for information about services available to help them parent. They told her most parents can see if their child is getting jaundice but they can't, and asked her for suggestions.
...
That's when the nurse started asking them questions about their ability to parent, Marco Zepeda said, and hospital officials contacted San Mateo County Child Protective Services. Later that day, officials from both agencies asked him to demonstrate that he could change the baby's diaper.

CPS officials then asked him to sign a form that could allow the county to take custody of the child temporarily. Zepeda said he was told he and his wife would have to go to court if they did not sign.
.....
The couple said the documents they signed make no mention of the diaper test and simply state the baby -- who is not blind -- could be taken away for the child's ``health and safety.''
A subtle threat and they have SAVED the child from a horrible situation. Only problem is they have no idea if it is one and now these poor parents are going through hell because some government statist had to check each box on each form and not use his damn brain.

Now what is the reply of the CPS and its fucktards?
Borland said foster care is the last resort.

``We always try to see the parents keep the child,'' she said.
The old saying about your actions speaking louder then words is so true here. In just a few hours they DID take the child into foster care. So this "last resort" BS is for the media alone and the ones who read it and believe their words religiously.

The CPS is wrong here and the problem is the courts are normally supportive of them, not the parents of this country.

CPS's new motto
"All parents are guilty of something until they prove their own innocence, several times over"
Color of law.

I like that term and what it implies. It is a line drawn in the sand that the ones who represent our government at many levels cannot cross. Only problem is that when there are charges they have, not a hell of a lot is done.
Police officers, prison guards and other government officials who improperly abuse the rights of individual Americans have long been recognized in federal law as a threat to society as a whole. That's why, immediately after the Civil War, Congress approved Title 18 USC 242 -- a statute making it a crime to deprive any person of their rights "under color of law."

But, as case-by-case Justice Department records make very clear, a law on the books does not always translate into a law that is enforced. In this particular case, for example, the latest available Justice Department data show that federal prosecutors declined to file charges against virtually all -- 98.7% -- of the individuals who the investigative agencies had concluded were in violation of 18 USC 242
.
Tennessee is in the heart of this problem as this map shows.
Active Districts declining virtually all referrals
FY 1986-2003

(red - decline 99% or more / orange - decline 90-99%)


Larger full nation image opens HERE

So if you are a member of the "Police officers, prison guards and other government officials " group I would recommend that you beat someone here in eastern Tennessee instead of Maine for example.

The article goes into detail about the lack of prosecution and does do a good job in breaking down the numbers to let you make your final judgment.

Here is a few of the numbers of federal charges for the last full year mentioned.(FULL TABLE)
1,267 Total
231 Declined per instructions from DOJ
215 Lack of evidence of criminal intent
490 Weak or insufficient admissible evidence
99 No federal offense evident

So in many cases it seems on the surface to be evidence that there was no viable case. I also understand that with the lawsuit happy society we live in making fake charges is "fun" for some and profitable for many. But when the numbers reach 99% I yell foul.

Why?
Because the lack of evidence and other reasons they give for dropping the cases does not seem to transfer over to the people on the street.

Comparing Lead Charges On Percent of Referrals Declined for 2003(FULL TABLE)
97.3% deprivation of rights under color of law
05.8% import-controlled substances
07.2% immigration-reentry of removed aliens
12.2% drugs-conspiracy in export/import
12.4% drugs-possession
18.8% drugs-prohibited acts

I understand that the crimes under color of law is most likely harder to convict in the long run, but when the numbers between what they are being fully prosecuted with and what I can be fully prosecuted with is so far apart there is something wrong. They should be held to a higher standard.

So the article is full of well laid out charts and they all lead to one conclusion to me. There is something rotten in Denmark.
"You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a
reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating
the very phrases which our founding fathers used in their struggle
for independence." (C. A. Beard)

Sunday, December 05, 2004

In honor of my wife returning and not getting groped by the TSA goons

"The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge
to rule" (Menken)
Nigerian games part IV

I had not heard from my dear Nigerian friend for awhile so I decided to reach out with open arms.
OCT-13
Sir,

I have not heard from you in a while. Is everything ok at your end. I was rather worried when I heard that you had put up your house to perform this act of kindness.
Is there anything I could do to help you at my end.
I have checked my grandfathers old papers and it seems he might of had an account, but the information is not there on the specific bank, just a few numbers and such that means little to me.

Yours
Sam Westman

His reply
OCT-14
Dear Mr. Samuel Westman,

I am happy to receive your email which confirmed your receipt of my
prompt reply to you.Tomorrow, the work will start with the lawyer as I have
realized US$21,000 for payment of legal service charge to offset related
fees.please i will also want you to send me your phone and fax number for
easy communication.I raised this money by mortgaging my home as i am sure
that in few days time, we will have success and i will be glad to use part
of my funds to purchase great homes in different parts of the world.

As i said, the procedure is safe and risk free. I will use my good office to
ensure that the process is quickly completed and that the money is quickly
and swiftly transferee to safe account in your name in the ALLIANCEAFRI BANK
CORP, LONDON from where you can start accessing the money through the
internet banking service without traveling out of your country and you can
issue wire transfer instructions to cayman island and to any other part of
the world, making it easy and risk free to bank the funds and transact with
it without risk of unnecessary explanation to the banks in your country
asking for where the funds came from. You are yet to send me your telephone
and fax numbers. Let me have them as well as your full contact address.

Pls be informed that this transaction is risk free. Hopefully,we will
receive the notarized affidavit in in few days time and also submit for
approval of fund release same week.
Once more, thank you for accepting to be a partner in this risk free venture
which is geared to making us great enterprenuers soon.

Regards,

R. Lauder.
Safe and risk free he says. I have trouble believing that. But what the heck
OCT-19
I must ask your forgiveness for the lateness of this reply. I have had some problems at home and only have checked my emails today.
I would rather not send to you by email my information because the US government has been spying on almost all emails as you know by reading newspapers.
Would it be possible for you to send me an address, or postal drop address so I could mail the information to you.
I am very excited to be involved in something this large. I have already been looking around to move to a better area when this is over. I also will sell my business when it is time to move. I trade in old coins, however I am ready to go into a new business.
Historical coins only have a small market.

Sam Westman
Here I throw in the old coin market. Nothing says money like Hebrew coin dealers. I want to say that I have simply picked whom I feel a most likely Muslim scammer would be most happy to scam.
OCT-19
Dear Mr. Samuel Westman,

I did not want to wait for you,before i went ahead with the process.Like i did mention to you before,i sold my house with which i was able to raise money for the affidavit.This cost me approximately USD22,000.00.I will send the affidavit as soon as i recieve it from the lawyer.

Email is still a better means of a better means of confidential communication particilary in this post 9/11 era.I need your full name and contact information for my lawyer to process the affidavit.

I will get back to you later,I hope reading from you soon.

R. Lauder
He sold his house. I would really feel sad for him if I was not laughing so much.

The guy is good, if he was dealing with a person who bought his line of manure. I don't.

***STAY TUNED***

Friday, December 03, 2004

Guns Guns Guns

Time for this months firearms sweepstakes and we have two so far. A big one and a little mini one.

Lets start big.

Remington's contest this month is for a Model 11-87™ SPS Waterfowl Camo 12 guage.


Designed to handle the toughest hunting conditions, the Model 11-87 SPS Waterfowl Camo delivers dependable performance in the blind or in the field. This 12-gauge magnum autoloader comes fully covered in non-reflective Mossy Oak® New Shadowgrass™ camouflage that blends perfectly with fall marsh vegetation. The rugged, weather resistant synthetic stock and fore-end are equipped with sling swivel studs and a durable nylon sling is included. The 28-inch, vent rib camo barrel features the versatile Rem™ Choke system with Improved Cylinder, Modified and Full steel choke tubes included.

This nice item is valued at 960 dollars and worth it. Drop by and register at their site for a membership to enter. One per person and winner must have a valid driver's license or proof of identification, complete an ATF form #4473 (5300.9), and pass a NICS background check.


Gallery of guns is the one with the small prize. A North American Arms NAA-22MC in 22LR/M



Action: Single Action
Capacity: 5 Shot
Sights: Fixed
Barrel Length: 1 5/8
Overall Length: 5
Add'l Features 1: Conversion cylinder
Add'l Features 2: ADVISORY: Don't use PMC Ammunition PER MANUFACTURER
Packaging: Lockable Zip-up Soft Case


This item is valued at 236 dollars and the contest is one per person. My father had one similar to this when I was younger. Fell out of his motorcycle vest pocket when he was traveling at 65mph. The group spent an hour on that highway and never did find it.

So these are the two sweepstakes for the month. If you see of any firearm related giveaways or contests please do not hesitate in contacting me so I can include them.

Thursday, December 02, 2004

vigilantism

Normally a word I would like to avoid. It brings to mind hate filled mobs, trees with dangling ropes, and people disappearing into the night. Only thing is that maybe, just maybe, the term feels nice when I say it today.

Remember Make love not spam? The Lycos backed plan to hit the spammers in the wallet. Kind of a modern version of bending them over your knee and spanking them. To the shock of many, mainly the BBC, it seems to be working, and they, the BBC, seem not to like it.
A plan to bump up the bandwidth bills of spammers seems to be getting out of control.
Earlier this week Lycos Europe released a screensaver that bombards spam websites with data to try to increase the cost of running such sites.

But analysis shows that, in some cases, spam websites are being completely overwhelmed by the traffic being directed their way.

The Lycos plan has also come under fire for encouraging vigilantism.
Now I understand what a DOS(denial of service) attack is. It is standard for it to be done with many zombie computers under the control of one person. But what happens when you get a whole bunch of willing participants?

What happens is they drag out the term "vigilante"(insert ominous music here)to scare people away from the plan.

The BBC, who is permanently hooked to the British government teat, is against it, and this article is a god sign, for many reasons.

Three reasons why.
1 Where it came from? It is being done without government control. A plan done without government input or influence. Being part of the great social machine in Europe they have a strong desire to hammer any individualism down, so this makes the whole plan most vile to them.
Strike one
2 Who is involved? It is a grass roots participant based force. No government slogans and forms. No government financed computers and pork barrel plans. You want in, you simply download and join. No minority set asides, nothing. Individuals
Strike two
3 Is it working? It seems to be working, and this goes against all that is good to them. Their social view is that people work only with the government's ok, and the government defines success.
Strike three

For the BBC that is all it takes for them to need to vilify this action and group.
The screensaver has reportedly been downloaded more than 90,000 times since it was launched.

But monitoring firm Netcraft has analysed response times for three of the sites the screensaver targets and has found that the campaign is being too successful.
This Make love not spam idea is big. While right now Lycos has the corner on this market I see open source programs in the future and independent sites with new spam addresses to hammer.

The future for spam is in question and the people have the answer.

Right now I cannot even open their site. Either they are under attack, or swamped with hits to download.
Search engine hits

When I did the post on Make love not spam I was not expecting the large number of search engine hits that I got. While 10 in one day is small for many, it is impressive for my blog. I normally get only 3 or 4 search engine hits a day.

So if you're here for Make love not spam it is several posts below.
My wife's first official travel post

Harelipfrog is my wife's blog and she has made her first travel log post from Hawaii. Her computer is messing up so she was not able to connect to the net, thus forcing her to use a cafe computer.

Drop by and say hi.
"Defendiendo el derecho a la tenencia de armas de fuego"

These few words wrapped around an encircled handgun show that the idea of self protection is not an American fight alone.


The stories of the failed attempts to control crime by way of controlling firearms come from many corners of the world. Australia, England, Brazil, and South Africa are the ones with the most press, but there are many others.

I found Blog Bis by way of a comment he made at Samizdata. The Samizdata post was written by Perry de Havilland. The night before one of his neighbors was stabbed to death in his own house while Perry was 50 yards away having dinner company over for the night. The post created a good amount of comments and this one stood out for some reason.
And then, they say the right to live is protected...!

Down here in Argentina where violent crime is skyrocketing the Estate is willing to recall all weapons in civil hands! May be they intend to make things easier for thugs!
I was surprised and happy that there is people trying to keep their rights in countries normally not mentioned on blogs.

His blog is in Spanish, but HERE is a link to a translated version. His latest post is pretty good, even with a crappy translator.
The final attack against the weapons in being able of the civilians is taking form in Argentina. It does not matter that be legitimate users: collectors , hunters, lovers of the weapons or simple anxious citizens to take care of for itself goods and life. On the one hand advances the official project, by the other that of the Senator Squire, and they add the pro-government media.

The desarmistas cite the cases "successful" of England or Australia. To my I would like to recall some contraejemplos. In 1911 Turkey arranged the control of civil weapons. Between 1915 and 1917 they annihilated to but of 1.5 million armenians. Winning the revolution of 1917 in 1929 the USSR restricted hardly the possession of weapons in civil hands. Since that year and even 1953 some 20 million dissidents disarmed were exterminated. The but they known is the German case. Its civil disarmament was going to be according to Hitler "model for the world". 13 million judios , homosexual, gypsies and other minorities they were liquidos. And there is but. China established the prohibition in 1935. Conveniently the political purges found to the opposition disarmed, and 20 million people between 1948 they were charged and 1953. Here in Latin America is worth the Guatemalan case. To the prohibicion of weapons in civil hands in 1964 the extermination of Indians continued him Mayan. But of 100.000. And it would be able to continue with the Uganda or the Cambodia of the Khmer Rouge, where the law of weapons served to devastate to the minority educated of the country.

The prohibition of weapons to the civilians has facilitated that totalitarian governments in large numbers liquidate some fifty-five million people. Vos... ¿you are going to permit that they use you to swell the list?
While the translation sucks it is very obvious that he has a good grasp on the real reason for gun control. People control.

The translation from him for the words around the handgun read "defending the right to bear firearms".

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

I never realized that my breasts would draw that much interest.

I have managed to make it here without being sexually assaulted, we'll see about getting home.
Politician who needs a reality check

I normally would not post on the whole gay issues because for me it is not that big a deal. While some are bothered that they exist and are free to move among us, most could care less.

But this post is not about the gay issue as much as one politician who feels regulating us is his job.
MONTGOMERY - An Alabama lawmaker who sought to ban gay marriages now wants to ban novels with gay characters from public libraries, including university libraries.

A bill by Rep. Gerald Allen, R-Cottondale, would prohibit the use of public funds for "the purchase of textbooks or library materials that recognize or promote homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle." Allen said he filed the bill to protect children from the "homosexual agenda."
A politician is supposed to be a servant of the people.

(((pause for the laughter to die down)))

So when one tries to tell us how to think, act, love, and live there is going to be a problem in my household. I'm not gay, I just hate dipshits like this guy.
I have the inherent right to stick any part of myself anywhere I want with any consenting adult as long as it does not effect you or a shetland pony. You may not like it, it may disgust you, but tough luck.
With this bill he is trying to regulate the experiences that you have, and may read about, for his own agenda. But his agenda is "pure" in his eyes. Pure crap.

Every day the left screams about the far rights desire to control what we see and know through legislation and regulation. I have to admit that it seems more and more like there is some truth to their mindless chanting. The shame is that the left is not free of the same accusation when they are in power in a given political body. I am bothered by so many who are so fast to argue that they have rights and they should never be tread upon, but have little problem telling another group who they can love, and what they can read.

The Libertarian party is the one I find myself most comfortable with in today's world. There are many things the main two parties do that are good, but they always work on the belief that they are there to lead you and I because we are incapable of doing it ourselves. A paternal government role that they desire that I find offensive.
As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives, and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others.

We believe that respect for individual rights is the essential precondition for a free and prosperous world, that force and fraud must be banished from human relationships, and that only through freedom can peace and prosperity be realized.

Consequently, we defend each person's right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest, and welcome the diversity that freedom brings. The world we seek to build is one where individuals are free to follow their own dreams in their own ways, without interference from government or any authoritarian power.

In the following pages we have set forth our basic principles and enumerated various policy stands derived from those principles.

These specific policies are not our goal, however. Our goal is nothing more nor less than a world set free in our lifetime, and it is to this end that we take these stands.
First paragraph says it all.
As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives, and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others.
The bill that this person has put forth is not sacrificing other people's values, but it simply makes them disappear.

Orwell 1984 Chapter 4
What happened in the unseen labyrinth to which the pneumatic tubes led, he did not know in detail, but he did know in general terms. As soon as all the corrections which happened to be necessary in any particular number of The Times had been assembled and collated, that number would be reprinted, the original copy destroyed, and the corrected copy placed on the files in its stead. This process of continuous alteration was applied not only to newspapers, but to books, periodicals, pamphlets, posters, leaflets, films, sound-tracks, cartoons, photographs -- to every kind of literature or documentation which might conceivably hold any political or ideological significance. Day by day and almost minute by minute the past was brought up to date. In this way every prediction made by the Party could be shown by documentary evidence to have been correct, nor was any item of news, or any expression of opinion, which conflicted with the needs of the moment, ever allowed to remain on record. All history was a palimpsest, scraped clean and reinscribed exactly as often as was necessary. In no case would it have been possible, once the deed was done, to prove that any falsification had taken place. The largest section of the Records Department, far larger than the one on which Winston worked, consisted simply of persons whose duty it was to track down and collect all copies of books, newspapers, and other documents which had been superseded and were due for destruction. A number of The Times which might, because of changes in political alignment, or mistaken prophecies uttered by Big Brother, have been rewritten a dozen times still stood on the files bearing its original date, and no other copy existed to contradict it. Books, also, were recalled and rewritten again and again, and were invariably reissued without any admission that any alteration had been made. Even the written instructions which Winston received, and which he invariably got rid of as soon as he had dealt with them, never stated or implied that an act of forgery was to be committed: always the reference was to slips, errors, misprints, or misquotations which it was necessary to put right in the interests of accuracy.
This politician may have a truthful desire to improve things. He may see this "gay agenda" as the ultimate evil. But are we going to rewrite history? Will things undesirable and offensive to the power in charge disappear down the pneumatic tubes of Orwells nightmare?

This is not about the "Gay agenda". This is about something more. An underlying desire for the ones in power to define your world. To tell you how to think and whom to fear. So Mr. Allen, piss off.

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

This has got to be one of the seven signs.

Seven dwarves demand nude Snow White. Wow!
Now the seven dwarves, along with other characters from the Grimm Fairy Tale, even the wicked Queen, are threatening strike action
This could turn ugly quick.
I learned something rather interesting today

The backroom politics in Washington create strange and odd groups that work for a common cause, but this one takes the cake.
I should learn to go by The Gun Zone more often as they have good articles and I end up learning something everytime I am there. This time the information bothered me some.
As is common with any controversial issue, there's a great deal of misinformation floating about, and misperceptions held by those affected by the issue.

Nowhere is this truer than with 1994's infamous "Crime Bill," the second significant piece of federal firearms legislation passed that year. Aside from the "assault weapons" (whatever those are) provisions, a significant portion of that bill dealt with magazines (or "clips" by the unknowing, the lazy or the sloppy thinkers)... very simply, if one is a civilian (non-military, non-law enforcement), one may not legally possess any "high capacity ammunition feeding device" of more than ten rounds manufactured after that date. Centerfire, rimfire... makes no difference.
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But, sad to say, it was none of those, or anyone even associated with them. It was Bill Ruger, "one of our own" who, for whatever his motives (and you'll get a lot of heated opinions on just what those motives might have been), became a Vidkun Quisling¹ to Second Amendment stalwarts.
The 2nd amendment activists are fast to jump to the attack when one of the manufacterers starts playing loose with our rights. I remember the backlash against Smith and Wessen for dealing with Clinton and the Taurus people willing to be in the pockets of the New Jersey government for their cut of the market.

But I admit total surprise at this story. It seems that William Ruger not only helped create and push for the high capacity ban in the early 90's, and for his own advantage in the market, but the NRA honored him with a Honorary Life Member by the NRA Board of Directors just years later.

As someone who is the owner of a ruger 10/22 and who still plans on buying a Ruger mkII in the future I am bothered. I do not think this will change any purchases in the future, but buying used is the preferred method.

Monday, November 29, 2004

Nigerian games part III

In the last letter I had sent him he I asked if this was a scam. His reply made it obvious that he was insulted. Like I care!
OCT-06
Dear Mr. Westman,

I am not here to prove your grand father name whether it is in the list or not. i am here to do business with you. from the beginning i informed you that this is a deal which would benefit you and i. if you wish to continue, do indicate in your next mail else you back out. i have my name to protect considering what i have on ground in this deal. i wouldn't want to be exposed.
looking forward to knowing your final decision on the subject matter.

Truely yours,
R. Lauder.
OCT-06
Sir,

Your letter included this

All that is required now is for me to obtain a notarized sworn affidavit of fact stating you as the Next of Kin of the deceased customer. Next is to submit the affidavit to the Claims Resolution Tribunal, being the government established agency responsible for verification, processing and approval of Release order for settlement of claims of heirs to assets of victims of holocaust.

I have talked to a notery and she said she could not noterize a claim paper without the clients name and country of origin. Please send me some basic information for the notery and I will get this form to you as soon as possible.

I am sorry to hear about you putting your house up for this good cause. If there is anything i can do to help you please do not hesitate to ask. I myself have had financial troubles in the past.

Saul.
I figured that showing some worry about his house would be a nice touch. His reply was soon to follow.
OCT-07
Dear Mr. Samuel Westman,

Do not border yourself on the affidavit as I am conluding arrangement to get it done here with a lawyer. I am putting the money together towards that. Do not involve any attorney there for the affidavit at this point in time. I will take care of that myself. Thanks for your concern, i am doing all i am supposed to do to ensure that no mistakes are made. i will kep you up dated from time to time. all you need do is to take instructions from me and ask question when applicable in any gray areas. you must not compromise the confidentiality of this business as i have name and job to protect.let me have your telephone number as i would like to talk with you on
the telephone.

best regards,

r. lauder.
He sure seems to be desperate to "help" me. What a humanitarian.
OCT-07
Thank you for your help. I have contacted my parents and will be getting some records of my grandfathers to see if they will help. He died in 1967 and was buried in New York Hebraic Cemetary on Long Island. Hopefuly some of the documents could help. This organization that you represent. Will there be any problems with customs or something. The money involved here is large and I hope to use most of it for certain charities I have helped in the past.
I feel strange writing to someone I did not even know a week ago. Could you send a photo or something so I will know what you look like? Emailing is so impersonnal for true communications.
I will respond to your photo with one of myself and my dear wife. I have not told her of this because the exitement may be to much for her in her condition. She has recently gone through a bad spell with being unconscious so long. The attack left her very weak and she did not wake for days. The doctors say she will make a full recovery and this will help us a lot.
What city are you in? You mentioned Europe but I would like to know this please.

Saul.
So there it is . I asked for a bit of something like a photo from him. Lets see what happens. I decided to throw in some Jewish tid-bits to spice up the pot. With him using a Muslim website for an email in The United Kingdoms and the majority of Nigerians being Muslim I figured that would keep him interested in scamming me.

***stay tuned***
Make Love, not Spam

Lycos has earned a gold star for the day with an idea that may just be what is needed in the war on Spam. Make Love not spam. They have the idea of using your extra computer capacity to slow down and use the bandwidth of spam sites, thus costing the spammers cash. This will be done while your screensaver is activated.
Net users are getting the chance to fight back against spam websites
Internet portal Lycos has made a screensaver that endlessly requests data from sites that sell the goods and services mentioned in spam e-mail.

Lycos hopes it will make the monthly bandwidth bills of spammers soar by keeping their servers running flat out.

The net firm estimates that if enough people sign up and download the tool, spammers could end up paying to send out terabytes of data.
Make the scum pay big for their websites.

Can-Spam and all of the other governmental initiatives to fight spam has had no real effect on the spam level. Every day it gets worse. So a company, on its own, has decided to go hunting.
The sites being targeted are those mentioned in spam e-mail messages and which sell the goods and services on offer.

Typically these sites are different to those that used to send out spam e-mail and they typically only get a few thousand visitors per day.

The list of sites that the screensaver will target is taken from real-time blacklists generated by organisations such as Spamcop. To limit the chance of mistakes being made, Lycos is using people to ensure that the sites are selling spam goods.

As these sites rarely use advertising to offset hosting costs, the burden of high-bandwidth bills could make spam too expensive, said Mr Pollmann.

Sites will also slow down under the weight of data requests. Early results show that response times of some sites have deteriorated by up to 85%.

Users do not have to be registered users of Lycos to download and use the screensaver.

While working, the screensaver shows the websites that are being bothered with requests for data.

The screensaver is due to be launched across Europe on 1 December and before now has only been trialled in Sweden.

Despite the soft launch, Mr Pollmann said that the screensaver had been downloaded more than 20,000 times in the last four days.
Now while I think this is a great idea the people at Slashdot have a few reservations about it. Even Fark has a good debate over the merits of this project.

I will withhold judgment for now, but this looks like it has more promise then the governments efforts.

To damn lazy

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