Friday, December 28, 2007

Everyday this becomes clearer to me

As I have stood in the crosshairs of those who target Second Amendment freedoms, I've realized that firearms are not the only issue. No, it's much, much bigger than that. I've come to understand that a cultural war is raging across our land, in which, with Orwellian fervor, certain acceptable thoughts and speech are mandated. — Charlton Heston
You would have to be lying to yourself not to see that we are seeing a fundamental change in our society and freedoms. The "quiet" rights that we enjoyed are slowly being eroded away. The right to privacy, the right to a fast trial, the right to travel without papers. All quiet rights we enjoyed, but now considered privileges, and being restricted daily.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Meme

Kathy, a local friend and blogger, hit me with a meme, and while I am late, i did not forget this one.

So here goes.

1. Wrapping or gift bags? What ever is easiest
2. Real or artificial tree? Fake..and it rotates and has fiber optic lights. WalGreen special
3. When do you put up the tree? Normally the beginning of Dec. but this year we simply did not get around to it.
4. When do you take the tree down? The week after
5. Do you like eggnog? About as much as phlem
6. Favorite gift received as a child? Little Van-go
7. Do you have a nativity scene? three
8. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? First decade I was married to wife they always thought I wore one size smaller then reality. Ick!
9. Mail or email Christmas cards? I don't do cards.
10. Favorite Christmas Movie? A christmas story!
11. When do you start shopping for Christmas? November
12. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? pie
13. Clear lights or colored on the tree? multi colored optics
14. Favorite Christmas song? little drummer boy
15. Travel at Christmas or stay home? both
16. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer. roast, loin, ribs, errr. Is this what you mean?
17. Angel on the tree top or a star? angel
18. Open the presents Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning ? both
19. Most annoying thing about this time of year? family
20. Do you decorate your tree in any specific theme or color? Nope,
21. What do you leave for Santa ? the right not to get shot for tresspassing.
22. Least favorite holiday song? F'ing barking dogs and F'ing grandma who got ran over.
23. Favorite ornament? A gingerbread man I made in the first grade. A little worn but still mine..

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Tired

It really is hard to watch the news and see how much are rights are getting shat upon. I'm getting burned out just reading the few blogs I go to daily.

The unintended consequences may never be felt by those in power. but I can hope.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Quote

False is the idea of utility that sacrifices a thousand real advantages for one imaginary or trifling inconvenience; that would take fire from men because it burns, and water because one may drown in it; that has no remedy for evils except destruction. The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crime. — Cesare Beccaria, quoted by Thomas Jefferson

Friday, December 14, 2007

Oh gosh no no no no no no .....

One comment about gun usage bothers this MSNBC talking head so much that she orders the camera to stay on her and labels it an "inane statement I've ever.."

Even when faces with the obvious, they do not wish to admit it

Transcript from Newsbusters.org
JOE SCARBOROUGH: Saved hundreds of lives!

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Yes, she did.

SCARBOROUGH [taunting]: Hundreds!

BRZEZINSKI: Alright. Police say it appears that shot only wounded Murray, that she only wounded him, and then he possibly took his own life.

SCARBOROUGH: One person with a gun can make a big difference.

BRZEZINSKI: Oh gosh, no! No, no, no.

SCARBOROUGH: Know what I mean? Know what I mean, Willie [Geist]?

WILLIE GEIST: They were quick to point that out yesterday.

BRZEZINSKI: No, no, no, no, no. Camera stays here.

SCARBOROUGH: One person with a gun in the right place can make a big difference.

GEIST [ever the conciliator]: For good and for bad.

SCARBOROUGH: For good and for bad.

BRZEZINSKI: You know, that is the most inane statement I have ever heard.
Inane because it does not fit her worldview. Rather sad.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

I'm off

To go pick up a briskut to cook for my wife, and an ammo can of shotgun shells my brother picked up for me at the last gun show.

I'm impressed

I'm writing my column for next week when I came across a politician who seems to get the internet...or at least a staff member.

The subject is on the new proposed amendment to the 2007 farm bill that would limit junk food sales in the public school. The senator who proposed it is Tom Harkin of Iowa.

I went by his senate webpage because the news articles I was reviewing did not mention the Farm Bill number. When his page came up I looked to see if I was at the right place.

He is using a blog formet for his press releases. Comments links, and a whole slew of links like reddit and digg on each post. while he is a politician, and I view them with a certain distrust, I'm glad he is using this format.

I'm even going to leave a comment.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

My tattoo

I have a tattoo on my right arm. I got it for my birthday earlier this year. Now I'm one who works things out in my head a longtime, so this tattoo was not spur of the moment, or dumb. It represents a part of me and my view of the world, and my place in it.

At first glance it looks simple. Four squares, each a bit over an inch and a half. Three colored in and one empty. The outline is black and the three colors are red, blue, and green.

They each symbolize a statement. Not just political, but about my individualistic view of the world.

Box one is reddish wood colored. It represents a wooden box. Specifically a soap box. A term used throughout time to mean free speech. The ability to stand on a box and say "I am a free person", and "you will not control my free speech". A fundamental basis of freedom through time.

The second box is blue. Ballot boxes were traditionally blue. The ability to vote. It symbolizes my right to choose who represents me and the ability to vote for our leaders. Also a fundamental right.

The third box is green. If you have ever seen an ammo box you know they are green. The right to protect myself, and if needed to remove tyrants if they attempt to usurp your other rights. The right to keep and bear arms was the second one mentioned in the bill of rights.

Now the fourth one is different. It's empty. When asked by people what it represents I make a bold, yet simple statement.

"It's the empty box I'll put the dead body in and bury in the woods of any fucker who tries to take the first three boxes away from me"

I'm a libertarian, and have been for a long time. On my shoulder I have had added for time and eternity a sign that I will never believe in being a subject to any ruler.

My tattoo says a lot about me, and where I am in this world.

I need a twinkie.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Disorderly conduct?

OK. I'll start by saying the guy is an asshole. No beating around the bush or anything. Some people are just that damn dumb.

The problem is that the crime he is being charged with is total BS.
A teacher has been arrested after writing online that the Columbine High School shooters were heroes.
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The comments came on a conservative blog. Officials said a writer using the name "Observer" said the West Bend teachers' salaries made him sick, and said the killers in the 1999 Columbine shootings had the right idea.

"They knew how to deal with the overpaid teacher union thugs. One shot at a time! Too bad the liberls (sic) rip them; they were heros (sic) and should be remembered that way," the writer said.
By his comments you could easily put him into the troll category, and ignore anything he writes past this point. Boots and Saber released this comment on the situation.

The problem is what he is being charged with. This Breitbart video says he is being charged with Disorderly conduct.
WI Statute 947.01: Disorderly Conduct. Whoever, in a public or private place, engages in violent, abusive, indecent, profane, boisterous, unreasonably loud, or otherwise disorderly conduct under circumstances in which the conduct tends to cause or provoke a disturbance is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.
From the same website the information also says internet acts can be charged as disorderly conduct.
Disorderly Conduct Applies To Computers and Internet Usage
Wisconsin law defines a message as a sign, signal, writing, image, sound, data or intelligence of any nature whatsoever, which includes e-mail. Under Wisconsin law (WI Stat 947.0125), if a person sends a message to another person via e-mail or any other computer communication system and in that message threatens to inflict injury or physical harm to any person or any person's property, intends to frighten, intimidate, threaten, abuse or harass any person, or uses profanity, obscene materials, lewd, profane or suggestively lewd or profane language, whether or not the message is actually received, and whether or not the sender attempts to conceal his or her identity, a conviction can subject that person to the penalties of a Class B misdemeanor.

If the intent is to harass, annoy or offend another person, then the sending of a message via email or any other communication system is a Class B forfeiture.
The problem is that it seems almost anything that has the intent to "annoy" is criminal. Hell. Most posts on this blog would be criminal, and a some on the community blog I write for also would be criminal...if I lived in Wisconsin.

Disorderly conduct seems to be a law written to be used when nothing else really works. A "do all" law. A bad law.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Why I hate Sprint

My dislike of Sprint started a couple of years ago when a group in my family got a family plan.

5 phones were part of the plan and they worked well for the most part. The cheap discount phones with the basic camera. After a bit my wife desired better phones and when she and her mom went to Cool Springs Galleria to renew the account she picked up two Motorola RAZORS for us.

This is strike one for Sprint. They sold the pair of phones to my wife with a nice rebate included. Even I was impressed. There was one problem. When my wife sent the paperwork in and the required form the reply we got back was that the rebate program had expired. Technically it had expired BEFORE they sold my wife the phone. Damn nice of them, and of course calls to the Cool Springs site met with nothing but frustration.

Then problems started to occur. The RAZOR may be the pretty phone on the market, but the software speed reminded me of the early 386/486 computers in the 80's. You hit a button and then waited for it to respond. The reception also went to heck. The phones simply sucked.

Then about 2 months ago my wife's phone started to go through battery charges real fast. What used to last three days or more, started to last a day and a half, or less. Then last week mine started to do the same thing.

As we all know how computers will have items running in the background that can use up CPU capacity, I figured it was software. Since the software started out bad, the natural assumption is that it got worse. We went to the Sprint store in Murfreesboro Tennessee and dropped our phones off and after a period returned.

The first thing the guy said was that there was nothing he could do as it was water damage on both. As my wife and I know we have never dropped it in water we asked WTF was he talking about. There seems to be an infamous chem tab on the phone that turns color after exposure to water, or in our case humidity.

Since the tab had changed color he told us the phone was dead, with no testing at all to find out as the tab stopped him, and told us our initial phone insurance will cover this. Now a simple check to see if the battery was dead, or if it was software related was not done. Tab turned so they are off the hook.

It's damn sad they sell phones with bad reception, and hypersensitive chem tabs. But this is Sprint and they are not impressing me.

We get out to the car and I pick my phone up to look at this chem tab from hell, and notice the front was now broken, a break that was not there when I dropped it off. My now pissed off wife went back in and G.S.'s comment "I don't know how it happened, but I didn't do it" was followed by multiple "I don't know"'s that pissed my wife off to no end.

Our insurance will cover the phones, but for us, Sprint, and the Sprint store at 1407 N.W.Broad St. in Murfreesboro should simply be avoided.

To damn lazy

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