Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Coke, it's the real spy??

Threat to national security? When I first read this all I could think of was "furby in a can".
Thanks to John of Argghhh!!! for this little story.
This is so illegal that I want to build one

With the governments desire to control our life's and firearms I see this as a possible solution to home defense and a good neighborhood watch.
The enraging nature of gun registration

I just found this old article from last year(2003/06/25) in Frank magazine. Turns out the gun registration of Canada is leading to unusual problems for the Canadian War Museum.
And it gets worse. What do you get when you combine the already ruinously expensive War Museum with a top-flight government boondoggle like the Canadian Firearms Registry? Read on.

In order to be in full commence with the law, the federal government wants to charge each museum in Canada the same $20 registration fee per firearm in its collection that it charges the general public. For the 4000-odd firearms in the War Museum's collection, that comes out to some $80,000.
Now most museums survive on government grants and donations. Money is not to be thrown around. We also know that late at night the Enfield collection goes on drive-bys in the bad part of town.
So what does Joe Geurts, the head of the museum suggest as an idea to fix the problem?
But Joe had a better idea. Why not just get rid of the problem altogether by putting the guns "beyond use," soldering shut barrels, removing firing pins, etc? The cost? At an estimated $150 to ruin each weapon, some of which are irreplaceable antiques, not unadjacent to $600,000. Brilliant. Let's do it.

Imagine the horror of Canadian war vets and their families, the donors of most of the Museums' holdings, when they learn their heirlooms instead of being carefully preserved for posterity, are being systematically rendered worthless. That's why Geurts and company are hoping nobody finds out.
Destroying them shows the utter stupidity of the museum head, and the registration.
I have emailed them and if they reply, I am not holding my breath, I will tell you'all what they finally did to them.

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Humor from Zagat

Zagat is the leading guide to restaurants and other services. Ranked by large group visits they have built a database worthy of any traveler.
The one thing is that some of the critics are a little overly honest in their views of the restaurants they visit.
The best never make the books but here and here are the cream of the "bad" Zagat reviews.
I get sick from the food every time. At least it has consistency

If I want a fatty sandwich served by a walking attitude, I'll go to Mom's

Food tastes like socks

Grandma cooked like this, Grandpa died young
They get even better. This is old and has been around the internet many times, but I still get a laugh reading them.

John Moses Browning
Horn Honkers

Sometimes the government needs to be reminded that they are our servants and work at our leisure. Years ago the government here in Tennessee decided that they needed more money to waste we needed a income tax. The people of Tennessee were not amused.

The good people of Tennessee surrounded the capital building and delivered a message that this would not be ok with us. Within about two hours of the news coming out 4000 showed up at the capital and let their displeasure be known. Driving around the building was a phalanx of cars blowing their horns so loudly that government business inside had to stop. The state reponded like states normally do.

The anti-tax forces won that day, and the organization lives on at Tennessee Tax Revolt. Keeping an eye on the governments from city up to state level.
From 6-10 p.m. tomorrow, Tennessee's horn-honkers will gather at the Coliseum in Nashville to renew relationships and raise funds to create a statewide taxpayer warning system. It will alert taxpayers of any tax vote - local or statewide - one week before it happens. Technically, it's going to be a sort of taxpayer news service that Tennesseans can sign up for. LINK

Monday, June 28, 2004

In Hiibel's own words

Hiibel just went to, and lost before the supreme circus court. In his own words he tell how he feels and why he did it. For a man who just lost a major court case he does not sound bitter
A lot of people want to know why I went all the way to the Supreme Court rather than give my name to a policeman. "What's so important about that?" they ask. "What's the big principle at stake?" And last week, when the Supreme Court ruled against me, maybe some thought I was foolish to have done it. But I still think I did the right thing and that there were some issues that had to be decided.
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Here's why this was so important to me: I don't believe that the authorities in the United States of America are supposed to walk up to you and ask for your papers. I thought that wasn't lawful. Apparently I was wrong, but I thought that that was part of what we were guaranteed under the Constitution. We're supposed to be free men, able to walk freely in our own country - not hampered, not stopped at checkpoints. That's part of what makes this country different from other places. That's what I was taught.
There is more to read.
Round up

My posting has been sparse for the last few days. I wish to say I am sorry.
I have just enjoyed three days of insomnia and dehydration ending in an emergency room visit yesterday. Feeling better right now but taking it easy.

With advice from Mostly Cajun I will be adding pictures to my blog.

I would like to say congratulations to Say Uncle for the new addition to his family.

Heartless libertarian talks about the Best Anti-Terror Force: Us. (Part I II) The stories abound about why you and I are the true first responders. Some people have decided to go a'hunting.
Orwell lives in Chicago?

Burke again trying to alter record of vote

A simple little title for an article in the Chicago Sun times. Seems a politician has been caught trying to use the system to change the past to his liking.
Chicago's most powerful alderman is once again attempting to use a rare parliamentary maneuver to change the record of a City Council vote in favor of one of his law clients.
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Seven years after his vote changes raised eyebrows among his aldermanic colleagues, Finance Committee Chairman Edward M. Burke (14th) quietly introduced another so-called "journal correction" to change his "aye" vote to an abstention on a zoning change for a Near West Side condominium project
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When the City Council met again last week, Burke quietly introduced another journal correction -- this time to delete his name from the favorable roll call that applied to the March 31 Zoning Committee report and instead insert the following abstention and disclaimer:

"Alderman Burke invoked Rule 14 of the City Council's Rules of Order and Procedure, disclosing that he has represented parties involved to this ordinance in previous and unrelated matters."
"journal correction". Such a nice word for altering his vote after the fact for gain. Now I am not one who likes to quote Orwell ad naseum. I think the words he wrote are enlightening, but abused in everyday debate.
But this time I think it is appropriate.
"And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed- if all records told the same tale -then the lie passed into history and became truth. 'Who controls the past' ran the Party slogan, 'controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.'" pg 32 1984
The games politicians play are shameful. They use the system against us for their own desires. The politicians of today are best parasitic in nature and deserving of similar treatment.

Friday, June 25, 2004

Time to stop the abuse

I have noticed that most people who are advocates of 2nd amendment protected rights are also strong supporters of the Republican party. With history on their side they think they are working for doing the correct thing working and espousing the republican line of thought.

History has shown over and over that the democrats have failed the people and are openly working against our rights on so many levels. They always seem to be the ones in the front of any move to place limits on us for "our own good". Now normally what they get passed in Washington is normally accomplished with the help of weak Republicans and RINO.
The republicans have always proclaimed that they are the protectors of our rights. Every time an election year occurs the massacre of water fowl in Virginia as republicans go on photo of hunting trip is horrible to behold. They enjoy the lavish love heaped upon them by the NRA during conventions, and in the donation envelopes that follow.

But the last decade has shown the true nature of the republican party. The current support of the AWB by Bush is the prime example, followed by special carry rights for police seems to lead us to the view that our rights are election bases to them. But with a war popularity helping them they do not see the need to smile for the cameras and glad hand the 2nd amendments activists like normal.

10 years ago the line was that republicans are our friends and could be trusted. Now the feeling I have is that we have been whored by both for to long. The NRA and 2nd amendment activists are like abused wife's standing by their man(Bush), even while bruised and battered they do not know where else to go. They has put their whole existence in the republican party and cannot see life without them.

Well I can. Intervention, crisis center, or a shelter needs to be established for ones who still have faith in the republican party leadership. The abuse has to stop. How many times have they voted for another infringement, and simply accused a few "renegades" of causing the problems.

Many of the members of the party are still standing strong. Some have a line in cement and will never waiver on our rights, most are drawn in the sand, easy to wipe away and redraw as the whim hits them.

So the leadership of the republican party has failed us again and
again. Time for us to leave the blind adoration of the republicans and face the fact that each individual member of congress should be judged by their own right.

Vote for your rights, not the party. If that means republican on all local levels and Libertarian for the president then do it. But the blanket love fest for the abusers of our rights has to stop or we all lose.

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Protecting yourself, Saudi style

This little item of news is making me laugh. In Saudi Arabia with attacks on foreigners on the rise they are going to let them carry weapons.
"In principle, a Saudi has the right to carry a weapon, if he has a permit. Likewise a foreign resident, if he felt in danger he could get a permit to carry a weapon," Nayef was quoted as saying by the official Saudi Press Agency.
That's right. Foreigners in Saudi Arabia have more rights to protect themselves then the people in New York and other social crime zones havens. Now it does not go into much detail about concealed verses open, and if they will be limited to company compounds. Just the fact that they see that you have the right to protect yourself that the drones in many states here do not.

Now this is worded a little strange.
"I mean a personal weapon which a person can have in his own country," he said.
Now since darn near every firearm is available here to some extent that leaves me with the vision of a lot of dirty Harry like armed Americans shooting back when the Terrorist are not expecting it.

Now I am surprised at the CNN version of the story. The main photo that comes with the story shows U.S. hostage Paul Johnson. The prime example of what happens when you can not defend yourself.

Thanks to Stop the Bleeting for the article.
HELP

I have been doing this blog with some rules on myself. One is that I would use free services till I hit certain numbers. Well last Thursday I did. 105 hits in one day. So now I am going to get an image hosting service.

While I did use one for a free trial period, the fact that the 5 days free lasted over 30 made me worry that their service elsewhere sucked.

Since blogger does not offer image hosting I have to get my own.

So what I am asking is for recommendations for a image hosting service for my blog. Is there anyway that you can set up the URL so that only this website can use the image? The image service I used briefly before was very user friendly and that will be important to me.
Missed message

My wife and I were driving home after watching the movie Miracle, about the 1980 Olympic hockey win. We had watched it at my moms house with my younger brother. While I thought it was good my wife made a comment about it afterwards that showed the chasm between my little brother(19) and I(37).

She said that unless you lived during that period of time - the cold war, economic crisis, the hostages in Iran, the invasion of Afghanistan, America and the USSR glaring at each other over the symbolic barrier of the Berlin Wall - you could not understand the pure impact of winning that hockey game.

My little brother never lived the cold war. No submarines bouncing off each other in the Mediterranean, No wall jumpers in Germany, he never lived hearing about the latest nuclear missile and where it would be deployed, Gas lines, and mass hostage taking.
So for him the movie was about some college kids who made good, for me it was about the youth of America facing, and beating at their own game, the evil empire.

One movie, two remarkably different viewpoints

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Poor poor democrats

Here they are in an election year, and with many being in close races, some have decided to do the unthinkable. They plan to do what their constituents want.
Some Democrats in tight re-election races are opposing a renewal of the assault-weapons ban, despite its overwhelming support from Democratic Party leaders.
Thanks to Say Uncle for this bit of laughter promoting information.
Shutting the barn door after the horse gets out

That seems to be the main action that our government takes lately,

When the terrorists take airplanes, they crack down on airplane travel * .
When terrorists blow up trains, they crack down on train travel * .
When terrorists plan to blow up Malls, they lock the mall down under high security * .


Always reacting, never acting. The government needs to have a lesson taught to them. This lesson is from Israel. Many terrorist actions have been foiled by regular people.
holding a bomber down until people could flee,
At that point, Neuman and another passenger, Yonatan Direktor, grabbed the bomber's arms to keep him from detonating the explosives and ordered everyone in the vicinity to run. When they judged that the area had been cleared, they released the bomber and fled themselves - whereupon the bomber ran toward the nearest group of people and blew himself up, killing 71-year-old Sa'ada Aharon and wounding the others.
or locking the door of a kitchen.
The terrorists did not succeed to injure and kill over a hundred of boys in the dining room due to the heroic act of one of the boys in the kitchen, Noam Apter. Under fire, Noam ran towards the door separating the kitchen from the dining room, locked it with the key, and then hid the key. By locking himself in with the terrorist, he succeeded to protect his friends and fellow students from the terrorist attack.
Or here in America when heros were born and cockpits were stormed
Passenger Todd Beamer used an onboard phone to call the FBI and at the end of the call, the operator overheard him say, "Let's roll." Before hanging up on the fourth and final phone call to his wife Deena, passenger Tom Burnett told her that he and others "are going to do something."
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"Among the Heroes," flight attendant Sandy Bradshaw told her husband Phil that she was boiling water to use in the attack. She ended the call by saying, "Phil, everyone's running to first class. I've got to go. Bye."
They use large words like "first responders" and Homeland security but they never seem to be doing anything but building a new bureaucratic empire.

The true first responders are you and I. When the criminal is at your door, when your kitchen stove starts to burn, and when your child has trouble breathing the first one there is you. While I like the 911 system, it is a time delayed response. I do not want to live in that delay. I want something done now.

There is a funny story zipping around the internet right now about what would have happened on the airplanes if the passengers were armed. While the story is fanciful, it does show the fact that the only one you can depend on when things get nasty is yourself.

In the last several years many states have decided to allow concealed carry. This benevolent act of the states leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth. Compound this with the fact they want to give the police the right to carry concealed wherever they want in the whole country makes it even harder to swallow. Somehow the inalienable rights you and I enjoy have become bestowed rights, given to us by the government. They give more rights, see police above, to ones who serve them more willingly.

The government needs to realize, not that I will ever hold my breath for this, is that we the people are the first line of security against all the bad in the world. The greatest threat to us right now is the government's limits on us, limits they do not suffer under.

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Hiibel case information

The ruling that the supreme court just handed down does not effect everyone.
The court's 5-4 decision upholds laws in at least 21 states giving police the right to ask people their name and jail those who don't cooperate. Law enforcement officials say identification requests are a routine part of detective work.
So basically you need to live in a state where they have a law saying you have to talk. States like..
Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, and Wisconsin.
So unless you live in one of them you still have the right to remain silent. For now.

SMALL RANT
But this section upsets me a lot
Crime-fighting and justice groups had argued that a ruling the other way would have protected terrorists and encouraged people to refuse to cooperate with police.
They really need to go back and watch Sesame Street because they have no idea what the real meaning of cooperate means. Cooperate is an option, you make the choice whether you want to or not.. When the law demands you follow orders it is submission, not cooperation.

The abuse of words like this is horrible, They cloak submission in nice words to make you look bad if you do not kowtow to their whims. The fact they throw in the evil spectre of terrorism cuts any legitimacy they have to shreds.

Monday, June 21, 2004

Acoustic mirrors, early Dew Line.

I have to admit I have never heard of them before today, but they were the early warning system of Great Britain before radar. What were they? Giant parabolic dishes that would concentrate sound and let you "hear" enemy planes approaching, giving you time to react. Mainly in usage from the 20's to the advent of radar in the 40's.

Here at Apothecary's Drawer I was lead to other sites with a lot of information on a strange device that was short lived, but intriguing to just find out about. Efforts are even being made to restore one to its original glory. For G-d and country I think.

Thanks to the Cellar Image of the day for the lead to this item of interest.
Hiibel case lost

The Supreme Court decided today that a person does not have the right to refuse to tell the police their name.

Tagged. Every damned one of us now have to show our tag to the herdsmen whenever they demand it. Tagged and numbered.

UPDATE
At The Volokh Conspiracy they go more into detail about the ruling and what all of its parts mean.
Police cameras

Turns out my next door neighbor of a city Nashville is thinking of installing "security cameras", at tax payers expense of course, to fight crime. While there are many arguments against it I think the governments own words are the best reason not to install them. Nashville uses Memphis, a city with cameras up since 94, as an example.
''It provides a lot of security for the people who already live and work down there. They know that they are being watched. Does it deter crime? It's hard to say... But it's for the security of people who spend time there. They know they are safe. And the bad guys know they are being watched, too. As a result, the crime in the downtown area is rather low.''
Then they say this.
Police officials have said no records have been kept of crimes spotted by the cameras, but there have been only a handful. Criminals quickly learned to steer clear of the areas being watched by the video cameras mounted atop downtown buildings, police said.
A whole "handful"? The "steering clear" part sounds more like they simply go where the cameras aren't.
While hard facts are unavailable about the deterrent power of camera surveillance
No hard facts? This has been a technology used for a decade and you have no hard facts? It sounds more like they simply do not want to face the facts that they have.

Now I think some cameras are useful, in limited situations, But the blanketing of areas with cameras are a waste of our money and just another way to buy votes second hand pork barrel project.

The main problem for me is that projects like this are shown only to be failures long after the people who shoved them down our throat are long gone "music man" style. The evidence that they are not the cure-all of our problems from other cities will be ignored because they do not fit in to the world view of the current politicians in power.

Sunday, June 20, 2004

Simon Jester lives

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is one of the core fiction books of the Libertarian movement. Read by millions across the world it has spawned websites and movements galore. One of the main characters, one who does not exist really, is Simon Jester.
Simon Jester was the "imaginary" creation of some of Heinlein's characters. He was a little devil who tormented the Lunar government with witty - and critical - jokes, ditties, poems, slogans, and cartoons. Later, Simon branched out into the poltergeist business by playing practical jokes on gov-goons and bureaucrats. He always signed his work with a little cartoon image of a grinning gremlin LINK
He seems to have taught some people how to properly take action against an oppressive government.
A black Z on a bright yellow handprint is appearing mysteriously on the walls of bus stations, on busy streets and over billboards across Harare and other cities. Thousands of 'revolutionary condoms' have been distributed, emblazoned with the letter Z and the double-entendre message 'Get up! Stand Up!'.

Matchboxes stuffed with resistance messages are left in public places to be picked up by unsuspecting citizens. Thousands of Zimbabweans are led to the Zvakwana website.LINK
Simon Jester would have been proud.
Show and Tell Me Everything

Now I have no belief that we can stay out of the system. For me there is no dropping out and living off the grid to avoid "the man". But I am not sure most know how easy it is to get deeper into the system then you know, or would want.

This story from Full Frontal Liberty is a good example of the small steps to being tagged and numbered.
he agreed to bring the dogs in to the school for an hour or so one day. But upon his agreement, he was advised that he'd have to undergo a criminal background check and provide his fingerprints to the local sheriff accordingly. And that's where he balked.

"Why do they need my fingerprints?" he asked. Well, the short answer is to facilitate the background check.
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"Well, once the background check is done, it's done, right?"

Yes and no. Once it's done, his fingerprints and the results of his background check will remain in the state's criminal database - and later be appended to federal databases (such as the FBI's fingerprint database and potentially the nominally civilian-operated MATRIX database). The fact that he's not a criminal, nor is he charged with or even suspected of a crime, has nothing to do with whether or not his personal data will be held for potential future identification purposes, just like that of real criminals.
Ah! The system helping us in all of its glory.

Saturday, June 19, 2004

GMail for the troops

There are two sites right now carrying on an idea that Wil Wheaton* thought of. With our soldiers over there getting larger files of photos and MPG files of children and loved ones is hard. Most commercial accounts have file size limits, but the new large Gmail accounts are made just right for them.
So for all you Blogspot members who keep seeing that Gmail invitation and skipping past it everyday, stop and put it to use.
GmailfortheTroops
Gmail4Troops
This is one idea I like.

Also contact Google/Gmail and tell them our soldiers would love this service.

*Yes, the Star Trek Wil Wheaton.
Political statements

They are made all the time till they are drowned out in the background noise of life, but this one is worth seeing.
LINK
I am surprised with their new rules against all scary stuff that this has not been pulled long ago. But with only 427 views on it so far the word is not out there yet on this "statement"

Friday, June 18, 2004

This is wrong on so many levels

Our dear government in its desire to treat everyone equally has decided to give special rights to a small group that is not allowed the rest of us common folks.
The House Judiciary Committee yesterday passed a bill that allows active-duty and retired law-enforcement officers to carry concealed weapons anywhere in the country.
The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act heads to the floor of the House for a final vote before going to the Senate, where a similar bill passed as an amendment in March by a 91-8 vote. The bill permits "qualified" law-enforcement officers — retired, off duty and outside their jurisdiction — to carry a concealed weapon in any state regardless of the state's law. It passed on a 23-9 vote.
Now I do not want it to be said that I am anti-cop. I am anti-special rights. They have, or will get, the right to carry anywhere then I should. Now Tennessee here has a CCL law, but I do not plan on using it. Why should I kiss the rear of the government to have the ability to protect myself.
There is some resistance against it in Washington.
"I believe it violates the principles of federalism and undermines the authorities of the states," said Mr. Sensenbrenner, the only Republican who did not support the bill.
Sorry but even that argument is based on the belief that the right to carry is one bestowed upon us by the state. Tattooing the 2nd amendment on a few foreheads seems a good idea right about now.
But this article kills me with disbelief when this is read.
Although 34 states have no restrictions on law-abiding citizens carrying concealed handguns, 16 states and the District do.
No restrictions? Unless during the night 32 more states passed Vermont style carry laws then there is a heck of a lot of restrictions. This shows the articles writer feels that any allowed carry is uncontrolled and dangerous(a small leap of logic but one I feel is correct).
Background checks, training, registering the handguns. Every damn one of them is a restriction.
So this article started by pissing me off about the special rights of police then ends by showing a total lack of knowledge of the issue of carry.

Thursday, June 17, 2004

Dear Average American

When they took away the 4th Amendment,
you were quiet,
because you didn't deal drugs.

When they took away the 6th Amendment,
you were quiet,
because you were innocent.

When they took away the 2nd Amendment,
you were quiet,
because you don't own a gun.

Now they are taking away the 1st Amendment,
and very soon,
if you continue to be quiet,
you will have no choice,
but to be quiet.

Author unknown from Stanleyscoop email lists. Thanks to Bill StClair from End the war on Freedom for this one.
Can pigs fly? No.
But in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport sheep can


The TSA is bringing out its test program where if you volunteer to be probed, prodded, and tagged like cattle you can go through the gate faster then the rest of the herd.
Frequent fliers who agree to have their fingerprints and other personal information accessible on government files will not endure extra screening this summer under an experimental security program at five U.S. airports announced Wednesday.

But critics questioned whether the effort, a slow-in-coming response to the Sept. 11 attacks, would melt away air-travel hassles or help authorities nab potential terrorists.

Sign-up for the "registered traveler" program will begin June 28 for Minnesota residents who travel by air at least once a week, followed by the first test of the system in early July at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, according to the federal Transportation Security Administration.
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Registered-traveler applicants will provide the Transportation Security Administration with their name, address, phone number, place and date of birth, two forms of government identification and an e-mail address. They will also give two biometric samples, by undergoing fingerprinting and an iris scan, to enable authorities at the airports to confirm their identity by comparing the information against a database.
The whole idea of a "special class" who can get privileges the rest cannot is not what this country is about. We should not have to show proof of their own innocence not to be hassled.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Bad news

Mark S. Lancaster was sentenced just a month ago. Turns out this story has not ended yet. The time he was sentenced to for the paper crime with no victims was light, 12 months, when the full amount of time possible was 30-37 months.

While we could argue semantics over the crime the judge did see that he was not a violent threat so he gave him a low sentence.

Well the BATFE has decided they are not happy so the United States Attorneys Office has appealedd asking for the sentence to be harsher.

The Nashville files has written a letter to Mark's friends, heck to everyone, on what they should do. Drop by and read it please.
Three lines for Kerry

Hollywood loves Kerry
Hollywood thinks this is ok.
You are judged by the company you keep.
Good news on the TSA no-fly list

You can fool some of the people some of the time, but not Judge Charles Breyer. Seems he does not like the games the government is playing with our rights.
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that the government is stonewalling attempts by the American Civil Liberties Union to acquire information about the government's secret no-fly list, which bars potential terrorists from boarding commercial flights.
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"In many instances, the government has not come close to meeting its burden and, in some cases, has made frivolous claims of exemption,"
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Breyer said the government has refused to say how many people are on the list and why "that should not be disclosed." Breyer also wondered why the government classified how one gets on the list as "non-disclosable sensitive security information." LINK
Well this puts me in a good mood. The TSA seems to think it is above the rest of us serfs and not worthy of answering any questions.
So, for once, I support the ACLU's effort in this case and after admitting this, I have to go take a bath

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Strange meeting

Last night I went to the emergency room for my knee. Looks like a pulled muscle, but this post is not about that.

In life there are strange meetings that end up making you feel weird inside. Last night I had one.

I had just been rolled out to the curb and was sitting on a bench outside of the walk-in entrance. I noticed a lady, her husband(I think) and her son walk out of the ambulance entrance and head towards the one I was at. The husband walked inside, and the son stayed out to smoke, to relieve stress more then likely I found out.
She walked to a couple sitting across from me, after talking to them a bit she then came to me. Since I did not know her I was not sure what was going on.

She asked me if I was a praying person and would I say a pray for her son. She was obviously under a lot of stress as her voice broke some. She asked me to pray for her son who had just been found in his car at the lake. The exhaust pipe of the car was hosed into the vehicle and the end was by his face. She said he was on a respirator as he could not breath on his own and had not woken up.

I was not sure how to act. Requests like this are not something you get everyday, or ever. I said "yes ma'am I will" and she left to go inside.
I have no idea if the son is still alive, but that night she still had hope. Hope is the hardest thing to die in life. I hope the son is ok, but he is probably gone, even if the body is still moving.

Sometimes life takes too much from people, and when they have nothing more to give they may think there is no reason to keep on going. So last night I said a quiet prayer, less for this guy, and more for his mom. She is the one who needs the prayers for the decisions she will most likely need to make.
Ouch!!

Turns out I have pulled a muscle behind my left knee. Nothing bad but with arthritis in the knee it is limiting me more then normal.
So I am taking it very easy for the next week and enjoying the daily use of muscle relaxents.
Third Revolution?

The first revolution was for our freedoms, the second revolution was for our freedom from our own government. So this essay asks "is it time for the Third revolution?".
The cultural revolution is over. Without a shot being fired other than by government agents, America was changed, transformed from a land of liberty to a nation of multicultural tolerance dolts with liberal educations and preemptive mindsets. There is still a bit of mop up work to do to clear out some radical free-thinkers (mostly pesky Christians and diehards of the Confederacy and its battle flag) but they will be eradicated within a decade. One way or another.
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It was time to "shoot the bastards" four decades ago but no one saw the handwriting on the wall. Now the wall is encircling us and everything we should like to see done to restore America. That will take a third revolution, because the second succeeded in taking our liberties and twisting our values, our mindsets and abolishing our cultural heritage. It was right out in plain sight, and no one saw. Now the internet writers are corresponding with each other while major media, a mind-control system straight from Stalin's old Pravda, keeps spewing the doctrine of the new order in politically correct language and with slanted stories that the majority of Americans believe LINK
This is worth the time to read. It does not expose any new evils of today, it just wraps the ones we have into a well organized package that anyone can understand.

Sunday, June 13, 2004

"having the strength that comes from the heart"

I have posted several times over the issue of our own police following orders that are illegal and immoral, yet not saying the word "no". This blind nature to follow orders is one of the main problems in our country. Few are willing to stand up and say "no".
But here is a story of one young soldier who did stand up and say "no" and the price he paid.
The young German soldier was part of a firing squad formed to kill the unfortunate civilians who had seized. He asked to be excused from this "duty"; this was refused. He was several times ordered to shoulder his rifle; this he refused. Finally, he was told that he had either to join the firing squad or its targets. LINK
I was lead to this story by Bill StClair at End the war on Freedom.
I wish there were more people like that in this country.
For your viewing pleasure

While I think Flashbunny has some of the best 2nd amendment rights videos out there this video titled 90 million found at Robert Teesdale's site is pretty good
A couple more videos on this page

Saturday, June 12, 2004

30 degrees of pain

I lay here in bed filled with the goodness of pain killers and muscle relaxents. Images of sugar plums dance in my head. All I can do is lay here and suffer.
Somehow I have irritated or pinched a nerve in my left leg and cannot get it closer then 30 degrees from straight. Anything under 30 degrees and pain becomes my mistress.
So I am trying heat and drugs for now, tomorrow if I am still hurting a doctors visit or the hospital is in order.

UPDATE SUNDAY 8AM
Well off to the hospital. No improvement. Laying still is fine, but when I shift and get close to the 30 degree mark, whammy! Pain.
So it looks like I will need the doctors to look at it.

UPDATE 2 SUNDAY 10AM
Healed, and no idea why. I used my computer chair to roll to the front door, crutched to the truck, and crawled into the cab. My wife drove us to the hospital and I sat in the asphalt parking lot while she went in to get a wheel chair. An orderly came out with her pushing the chair. I started to get out of the truck and guess what?
No pain.
Whatever was pinched became unpinched during the drive. So back home I am never having checked in.
I will talk to my regular doctor and see what he says, but unless it pinches again I am happy.
So I am just going to heating pad it for the rest of the day and stay off of it.

UPDATE 3 MONDAY 6AM
Woke up at 4 and muscle was pinched again. Only loss of 20 degrees of motions but hurts like hell. Went online and description of a pinched nerve does not sound right. Might had pulled muscle or tendon. When wife gets home this afternoon, if I am still hurting, I will go to the emergency room, or walk in clinic if the insurance would rather have that.
I hope this is nothing that a little time will heal. The last time I went into the hospital it took over a year and a half for the effects to go away enough to function daily. While giving me a spinal they nipped a nerve that made life unpleasant for way to long.

Friday, June 11, 2004

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 V


Here we go putting U.S. Border Patrol officers on our southern border to keep out illegal aliens (ALF?) from Mexico and what do we outfit them with?
Uniforms made in Mexico.
While I am glad they are trying to purchase the uniforms at the cheapest price they can, the irony is beautiful to behold.

Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV

Thursday, June 10, 2004

Dirt poor

People talk about poverty with a distance in their voice. A lot of "the poor" or "the poor impoverished masses". They talk about poverty and lack of money but most never really know poverty and what poor is like personally.

When I was growing up I never went without the basics. Food, clothing, and shelter were there. Sometimes the church helped us make ends meet, but we got by. My mom used to say that we had a rainbow in our cabinet, with all those little rainbows labels and bright yellow generic boxes that the discount brands used.
But I never really knew what poor was until I was in the 6th grade. I was out goofing off rambling around town when I met another kid from school. While I did not know him as a friend I did know him so we started to hang out that day. Later that evening we dropped by his house and I was introduced to his family. His dad was wearing the traditional mechanic blues but I am not sure what he did. We went to his room and in the corner of his room was a table with a puzzle being put together. You've seen the type. 500 pieces and you get the picture of a car or clown or other insipid image that they used to produce and box into another puzzle.

He seemed real proud of it and told me it was one of his Christmas gifts. We had just had Christmas weeks earlier and the gifts I had gotten were still fresh in my head. He then said the words that ended up making me feel like I had just gotten kicked in the gut.
"You want to see what else I got for Christmas?" Well after I agreed he went and pulled out two more puzzles and a still unworn pair of jeans. The look on his face was that he had gotten awesome gifts. I remember feeling really weird right then, I remembered what I had gotten for Christmas and that year was pretty good to me. But this kid had gotten three 1$plus puzzles and a pair of jeans and he seemed happy.

I realized that he was sharing his room with one, and maybe both brothers, and he was happy. All of a sudden it hit me. This kid is poor. When you are a kid you do not, unless taught, separate poor from non-poor.
Looking back I see that there is poor, and then there is dirt poor. But the day I realized that the poor existed has stuck in my head. I also cannot look at one of those puzzles with out thinking about him.
Gun Blogging- It's not what you think

Belief Seeking Understanding put forth an interesting thought. What would happen if your gun had its own blog?
If you are a firearm owner, would you have a problem with there being a public record of when and where the firearm was used? Would you consider this a violation of the Second Amendment? Technically, I don't see how it would be.

With the growth of internet address it is possible for your own firearm to blog on when it has been used recently. Not counting the privacy issues involved in an idea like this the whole idea is at best. Fancilful.
Army of one's comment to the post included this
Therefore, having an embedded gun-log would be anathema to most, including me.

He also posted on the issue
Just because we have the technology to do something, doesn't mean we should do it.

That is a line I would tattoo on the forehead of many politicians we live under today
Well Belief seeking understanding followed up with Gunblogging - In Which I'm Told It's An Awful Idea and the whole series of posts is worth reading.
Technology today is growing so fast in what it can do that some of the issues brought forth by these two bloggers are just the tip of the iceberg on what the future holds for us.
Why does this not make me feel safe?

Now I understand the use of cameras can help fight crime, and think some cameras are needed in some areas of high crime areas. But this plan for flooding the streets and neighborhood with cameras for the ongoing "was on terrorism" seems like overkill.
They word it in this way.
The city wants companies capable of building the system to submit bids by the end of this month. "The purpose of the ... System is to provide for the homeland defense ... while also reducing crime and public disorder," reads the request for proposals. "Cameras will only observe and record that which a police officer or private citizen could legally see."

"see" is the important word. While they like to make it sound non-intrusive, the real nature of our government is to push the limits until the backlash threatens their jobs. After they get this up I see the next "push" to be the badly performing facial recognition programs that link to databases and police records. Things that cannot be seen by the "private citizen".

If strong limits are not put on projects like this at the start then prepare for little pushes over time that grow into the controlling machine you fear.

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Sometimes where the money comes from speaks louder then words

San Antonio just had an election in May this year and the hot subject was term limits. Seems San Antonio used to be run by career politicians and the people delivered a message in 1991 that they were not happy. They voted on, and passed term limits and life time limits that blew many political bosses careers right out of the water.
Term limits were set at two two-year terms for elected city officials.

Well the old order's first attempt was to try to take them on with a lawsuit
In 1995, Helen Dutmer, a 14-year former council member and county commissioner, sued to overturn San Antonio's lifetime ban in federal court. U.S. Term Limits Foundation worked to defend the term limits law, which the federal court upheld, including the lifetime limit

So the people voted, the courts upheld the law so here we are 9 years later and they try again. Pulling out the big guns they try the ballot route with a war chest that was very impressive when compared to the people trying to keep the term limits in.
They plan a massive propaganda campaign to 're-educate' voters. Special interests have vowed to spend $500,000 to ensure the success of this power grab. The editor of the Express-News has also pledged his support to the coalition

And what did the term limit supporters fight back with?
The Homeowner-Taxpayer Association worked the news media and held street rallies at busy intersections throughout the city, but raised only $3,000

So massive money, a well organized political machine, and major media support verses a small grass roots organization with almost pauper levels of money.
Who won?
Lets just say that sometimes, even in today's society, David does still beats Goliath.
Tomorrow is a big day for me

I just moved back to Tennessee just short of two years ago. I lived in Kansas before that. But tomorrow I have three things to do. I plan to visit my doctors in the morning, and during the day I am going to go and perform an act that is very important to many people here. I am going to register to vote.
I did not register last year because being out of state for almost ten years I did not know the people running, or the latest initiatives on the ballot. Voting blind is as about as smart as pulling the levers for only one party and walking out.
But now it is time to register because there are a lot of issues to decide this year.
If you are not sure where to go to register, or what is needed here is Project Vote smart, with a link on the top banner to look up individual states.
Please register and vote.

This was not paid for by the Ad council.

Monday, June 07, 2004

He's making it real damn hard to vote for him people

Just when I get my mind set to the idea that voting for Bush is not that bad, or at least better then Kerry I get hit with two articles that makes me want to vote for anyone but Bush.

This first one is about big brother, TIA, and how they got around its shutdown.
Despite Congressional action cutting funding, and the resignation of the program’s controversial director, retired admiral John Poindexter, DARPA’s TIA program is alive and well and prying into the personal business of Americans 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“When Congress cut the funding, the Pentagon – with administration approval – simply moved the program into a ‘black bag’ account,” says a security consultant who worked on the DARPA project. “Black bag programs don’t require Congressional approval and are exempt from traditional oversight.”

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But Congress left the door open by supplying DARPA with research funding to develop data mining alternatives to TIA. Instead, the Bush administration instructed the Pentagon to move TIA into the convert area of black bag operations and Congress was cut out of the loop. LINK

Well thanks for listening to the people you presidential numbnut. Thanks for building the department that we all fear. Bush plays games with words like Clinton did. What part of "cut funding" and let die does he not understand?

It truly is one of those days people

Now after that nice first kick to the groin I get a nice swift second kick.
A Pentagon report last year argued that President George W Bush was not bound by laws banning the use of torture, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The document also argued that torturers acting under presidential orders could not be prosecuted, the paper said.

The report was written by military and civilian lawyers for US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld LINK

We have to keep our selfs from becoming the animals we are fighting.
But what really happened.
We have become the nightmare the liberals have warned us about when they rant about the Neo-cons.

So tell me why I should vote for Bush? Why?
Trading rights for security???

I am glad someone in the media has said it in plain words even a fool can understand.
In today's America, prisoners are held incommunicado for years, newspapers can't photograph soldiers' coffins returned from Iraq and the government can secretly track the books citizens read and the movies they watch.

But civil liberties can erode much further before Americans will say enough is enough, say experts in social history and political behavior.

Fear struck by the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks helped launch the curtailment of civil liberties in the name of national security, and that fear keeps Americans willing to trade away rights for safety, they say.
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For Americans to speak out about their civil liberties, she said, "They would have to see some widespread, wide-scale abuses in what they think are private and personal areas. Then again, they're not particularly attentive." LINK

But I have to disagree with one part
"The policies of the Bush administration have been fairly well accepted because I don't think they've crossed that barrier where people say, 'Wait a second."'

For me the barrier HAS been crossed.
Civil disobedience

Civil disobedience has come in many forms in our country. Everything from sit-ins to block entrances, burning draft cards, to trespass just to get yourself arrested. Civil disobedience is one of the best ways to get a message across without violence and bloodshed.

In New York the paranoia that 9/11 has caused in the governments at all levels has been strengthened by the 3/11 Madrid attacks. So in a typical knee jerk reaction they have proposed a ban on all cameras from the New York subways. Thus causing some people, who see the total stupidity of this act, to react to them in a media show that impressed me.
Photographers crowded onto Manhattan subway trains and snapped pictures of each other to protest a proposed ban on cameras in subways.

Between 40 and 100 protesters rode trains in midtown and downtown Manhattan for about an hour Sunday, carrying everything from cheap disposable cameras to expensive digital equipment.

NYC Transit, a division of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, proposed the ban last month to deter terrorists from conducting surveillance of the nation's largest mass transit system. LINK

Now not figuring the millions of photos already taken, and the fact that cameras are so small that unless strip searches are implemented this will have no effect outside of creating more hassles for daily commuters.
How does the local government react?
NYC Transit has said it would hold public hearings on the proposed ban this summer.

If the "hearings" do anything but become a mouthpiece for the transit authority I will be surprised.

Saturday, June 05, 2004

Damn!

Ronald Reagan was elected president the year my father died and the last year of middle school for me. He was president up until the year I first met my wife-to-be.
He always stood for strength and doing what was right. You taught us to never back down from evil and never be ashamed of doing the moral thing. He was there for us during the coldest days of our standoff with the Soviet empire.
In the weeks to come the left and moonbats will shout will glee that he has died. I hope they understand they have the right to say that because he, and others, led us to victory over the Soviets. But I think that lesson is one they will never learn
It's not my fault

That truly seems the modern chant of society. The latest victim of the belief is the fast food industry.
"Supersize me" was a documentary of what happens when you eat only at McDonalds for 30 days. The results were scary to say the least.
Mr. Spurlock ate (gorged, really) only at McDonald's for thirty days and ordered the super-sized versions whenever he was asked. As a consequence of his gluttony, he gained twenty-five pounds, raised his blood pressure and cholesterol, and saw deleterious changes in his liver.

Sounds real bad for the industry. He made a documentary of it and he has become the poster child of the evil industry (((insert evil demonic laughter))) and what it does to people.
But wait!!!
Turns out this "Supersize me" is about as accurate as Michael Moore's drivel.
Here are some other thirty-dayers and what is closer to the truth.
Here is Mr. Chazz Weaver, another thirty-dayer
On April 1, he began eating all his meals - four or five per day - at McDonald's. He ate upwards of 3,000 calories per day and after two weeks had lost eight pounds (yes, lost). Since he didn't particularly want to lose weight, Weaver then increased his food intake to about 5,000 calories per day and managed to gain back about two pounds by the end of the month. His cholesterol improved, his blood pressure dropped a bit, and he says he feels just fine. How did he do it? Weaver works out at a gym daily - about an hour and fifteen minutes per day - split between aerobic exercise and resistance training. He was in good shape before he began his McDiet and remained so throughout. Anyone who wishes to do so can check the numbers for themselves at his website, truthinfitness. It's an impressive testimonial to the importance of staying physically active.

And Ms. Soso Whaley
Ms. Whaley wanted to lose weight. And she chose McDonald's food to help her do so. She, too, started her McDonald's diet on April 1 and documented her food choices on a website. Ms. Whaley consumed under 2,000 calories per day and stepped up her usual exercise program - she likes using exercise videos and roller skating. By making appropriate choices, such as eating salads with low fat dressing and snack-size desserts, Soso lost ten pounds while eating at McDonald's.

So next time you hear about the evils of fast food realize the issue is what you shove in your mouth, not what's in your hand.

Friday, June 04, 2004

I fought the law, and the law lost

Things have taken a turn for the good in Western Pennsylvania. Stanley Switzer decided to figh back after being told he could not carry..
...when county commissioners in Clarion and Jefferson counties told him he couldn't bring a gun into a county courthouse, he and a couple other Western Pennsylvania gun owners fought the law.
And the gun owners won.

"Listen, I'm a Korean War veteran. This is what the hell I was over there for," Switzer, 72, said yesterday. "Whenever you have a bunch of bureaucrats trying to take away your freedom, that's when you take action." LINK

I just wish there were more stories like this.

Thursday, June 03, 2004

Give a man a rifle and he will shoot all day
Show him how to build one and avoid their spouse for the rest of your life


Someone asked on The High Road about the legal aspects of building on, and finishing, an 80% receivers. The type you see being advertised all over. What is, and isn't legal is confusing and the cause of many problems for people,
One of the replies was from someone who runs his own "home builders" type business.
He wrote the ATF and asked them what is and is not legal and they responded.
Letter 1 2 3
Here is his website, Roderus Custom Gunworks, if you get the urge to go into your garage and come out armed.
"Good Guards", bad people

I have been trying to understand why the police who did nothing when crimes were committed, or follow orders without thought to crush free speech bother me so much.
I just opened "The Week" magazine and a story directly addresses this issue. Philip Zimbardo at Stanford had an experiment done where he divided students into guards and prisoners. This experiment has become legend in the field of psychology. With the history of WWII crimes they wanted to understand more why people could act so cruelly.
In one set of sensational experiments, conducted by Philip Zimbardo at Stanford in 1971, many of them did. Zimbardo divided two dozen college students into "prisoners" and "guards" and put them in a simulated jail in the basement of the Stanford psychology building. He told the guards that they could do whatever they thought necessary to maintain order. On the very first day, the guards began treating fellow students with astonishing cruelty, stripping them naked, ordering them to clean out toilets with their bare hands, and spraying them with fire extinguishers. Some of the prisoners were forced to simulate sodomy. The abuse got so out of hand that Zimbardo called a halt just six days into the two-week experiment.

With the order to maintain order by whatever methods needed things went out of control, but this is the strange part.
Did all of the guards turn brutal?
No; only about a third of them did. What disconcerted Zimbardo, though, was how easily everyone acquiesced to the new moral order. None of the "good guards" intervened to stop the brutality, and not one guard asked to quit the experiment. Zimbardo and his team also found that the guards increased their aggression when they weren"t being supervised. As one said during his debriefing, "Acting authoritatively can be fun. Power can be a great pleasure." Many people, Zimbardo concluded, don't need to be ordered to dominate and humiliate their fellow human beings. All that"s required is that they think they can get away with it.

Once again people
"Acting authoritatively can be fun. Power can be a great pleasure."

That says a lot about the government answering to the people. They don't. With the martial law like environment of Miami, and the legal thuggery of St. Louis no one has had to answer for it.
"Acting authoritatively can be fun. Power can be a great pleasure."
Smile for the camera

I have a firm belief that we should keep one eye on the actions of politicians at all times. What they do effects us at all levels of our lives, but this story from Triggerfinger is outrageous and way overboard.
Miami "Martial Law report"

Miami goes way of St Louis.
The report is in and it is not good for the law enforcers in Miami. During the November FTAA meetings they used tactics that would have made third world banana republics proud.
Police trampled civil rights and left this city living "under martial law" for a brief period during the Free Trade Area of the Americas conference, according to a draft report from a Miami-Dade County panel tasked with examining police conduct during the November meetings.
Though the panel's main focus was the Miami-Dade Police Department, chairman Jorge Reynardus said the report is an evaluation of the more than 35 law enforcement agencies that monitored protests.
"It's a comment on what we saw overall. And some of what we saw is shocking and deplorable," Reynardus said.

While I think it is good that they are exposing the iron fist rule that seems to be the norm during police crackdowns. The part that needs to be pointed out as the item that says the most is this
Not all the panel's findings were critical. The draft concluded "the vast majority of MDPD personnel performed their duty without incident and conducted themselves in a professional manner under trying circumstances."

Sorry but I don't buy it. If they really had "performed their duty without incident" then they failed. They should have done something instead of hiding in the shadows. They should have arrested a few thug-police.
So the ones who did not rock the boat are being congratulated for it. They are the ones who I find the most reprehensible in their actions because they can say with false pride that they did not do anything, while in reality their crime is, that they did not do anything.
Water on the brain
or
Brainless drips

Swimming is ok. Boating is ok, sun bathing on the shore is just fine. But try to have a baptism in that same water and the government looses it.
The Rev. Todd Pyle thought it was the perfect spot to baptize 12 new members of his church. The river was calm and shallow, and there was a shaded area offshore for people to stand.

"It was a very serene place," he said. "It was special."

But officials at the Falmouth Waterfront Park, a public park just outside Fredericksburg, weren't pleased. They tried to break up the ceremony, claiming it might be offensive to nearby swimmers or other people using the park. Pyle was able to finish the baptism, but then he was asked to leave.

Now I understand that the governments main fear is someone being "insulted" and complaining. But that fear should not make you limit the free actions of many for the "victimized nature" of others.
The government has reacted like it always does in a situation like this.
"We don't want to tread on anybody"s First Amendment or constitutional rights," said Brian Robinson, director of the Fredericksburg-Stafford Park Authority. "What we try to discourage is anything not formally permitted that just sort of occurs spontaneously."
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Robinson said the park's board has formed a special committee to examine its policy and to put it in writing. If the church applies for the proper permit, he said it's "certainly possible" they would be allowed to use the river for another baptism.

"Permitted"? "Allowed"?
This is less about usage of the land, or water, then it is about control of your actions. I hope they come to the conclusion that they over reacted, but reality says they will apply limits to everyone now to show how all are treated equally.
Thanks to Stop the bleating for finding this

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Rocky Top Brigade membership has grown

The roll of members is increasing regularly.

Looks like I have a neighbor here in Smyrna Tennessee with Big Orange Michael.

We have Zoot. A fiery redhead from Knoxville living in Alabama.

To not be accused of bias we allowed in the Tennessee Liberal. For now.

Well we now also have Pizza Soup run by Betsy. Betsy is the proud mom of another RTB member Doug McDaniel. Although in North Carolina she earned her way in with food.

Bacculum King is run by Jeff. This is truly a new blog since the archives only go back to middle may. Political in nature he seems to be coming out with guns blazing.
Finally found a quiz I like

What torture method are you?

Victim was chained to you, then were slowly crushed as the handle was turned. Smaller versions of you held only the victim's head. Oww. You're a real pain to be around when you're angry, but you could force a confession out of the most stubborn.

What torture would you be?

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Tired eyes

Cameras are being used as the newest big thing to fight whatever ills society. Crime, terrorism, littering and bothering the animals in parks. While the amount of cameras here in the US are nowhere near the level of Great Britain,
But due to good old Yankee English ingenuity they now have almost achieved camera nirvana.
Now, after perfecting illuminated markers that are embedded in the road surface to guide motorists through bad weather or warn of dangerous conditions, Mr. Dicks's company, Astucia Traffic Management Systems, is going a step further. Its latest creation is an embedded stud equipped with a camera that catches speeders, monitors traffic for criminals or stolen cars and even checks for bald tires on the fly.

Yes. Road embedded cameras to keep an eye on you. I am speechless on this. Even the road works for the system to squeal on you.
For the next several days I will be in AOL hell. The service guy will be by between 8-11AM Thursday.
Until then I feel like a crack addict going through withdraw symptoms and trying to cope with little M&M's with AOL printed on them.
Hope springs eternal

It is a saying my mom uses a lot when the desires and hopes you have may occur. Now what has put me in a good mood? With me sitting here typing on my computer with an AOL hell connection how can I be in a good mood.
Here's why
The anti-terrorism agency that Congress rushed into existence just weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks to protect America's planes, trains and trucks is shrinking and could all but fade away.

The Transportation Security Administration, which hired some 65,000 employees and has spent more than $10 billion over 3 1/2 years, has been beset by complaints about its performance, leaving it vulnerable to congressional Republicans who want to reduce the size of government

I have hope, but experience has shown that instead of dying like it should, they will move it to other departments, rename the rest, and in another form it will rise out of the ashes like the Phoenix.
Another saying that applies here is this "the closest thing to immortality, is a government bureaucracy.
Mica plans to meet with Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge soon to talk about reorganizing TSA.

The law creating the Homeland Security Department has a sunset provision for the transportation security office. It says the TSA has only to be maintained as a distinct entity until November 2004.

Well the one little bit of good news is the sunset clause. I wish more laws had this.
It's the word reorganizing that kills the high for me. Why reorganize something that should be abandoned in the desert to die?
Computer Problems ... Again

Gunner may not be able to post again for a day or two. We have a DSL connection that is currently down. With a little bit of luck it will be up again shortly ... hopefully or Gunner will shortly go into withdrawal and drive me nuts.

UPDATE BY GUNNER
I have pulled an old DSL modem out and it is working, but I am now limited by a wire leash. The modem running the wireless network seems to have died during a harsh electrical storm we had Sunday night

To damn lazy

I'm a solid firearms enthusiast. I can't afford to be a proper gun nut, but I can hope. The news is filled with a solid effort to ...