Thursday, September 30, 2004

Can I laugh at this guys misfortunes?

Because I really want to for several reasons. I have ranted that the TSA no-fly list is just wrong. The reasons are to numerous to count but they all have the same belief, and that is we should not be controlled like cattle no matter how much you do not like their politics.

So here we have Donald E. Young and he is having found himself treated like many other of the common folk.
Alaska Airlines earlier this month thought Donald E. Young, the chairman of the U.S. House Transportation Committee, might be Donald Lee Young, a person on the government's no-fly list, and told him he couldn't board his Anchorage-to-Seattle flight.

The Alaska Republican, who eventually caught his plane, has company. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., one of the world's most prominent politicians, was also told he was on the no-fly list. So was Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a leader of the civil rights movement.
Ok. Maybe it is mean to enjoy his trials but this is the interesting part
Young revealed Wednesday he'd been confused with someone he described as "not a savory character" just before his committee approved a bill for the government to take over from the airlines the task of checking the names of passengers against government watch lists.
So now the government will run the list and not answer our questions instead of the airlines not answering our question for the government. I would like to know how easy it was for him to get off around the list because most regular people are screwed when they have problems with it.
I am going to die, but hell we all are sooner or later.

Checking the news this morning I found that a drug I am using, Vioxx, is being pulled because of possible increases in heart problems. I am honestly not worried because we all die sooner or later and the chances are small that this will ever effect me. I do feel sorry for some. Merck. They found a problem and are pulling the drug on their own. So what will happen to them?


Just look at the Phen-phen feeding frenzy that has swept the country
What I find funny is that while looking up an article or two to link to I found this with a prophetic add right on the top.

So I hope I live long enough to get another prescription for my knees. {cough}{cough}{GASP}

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

How Do Porcupines Make Love?

You would probably think the answer is "very carefully," but you would probably be wrong.
Slave to the government? For the short term of course

Kerry and his minions have been having a field day putting out the fake story that Bush will force a draft and all young men will become cannon fodder for the war on terror. Only problem is that Kerry already has his own version of the draft for non military purposes.
Part of 100 days plan to enlist 100 million Americans in National Service A Year
On September 11th, 2001, America experienced the most terrible and deadly attack in its history. John Kerry believes we need to think big and do better and get more young Americans serving the nation.

As part of his 100 day plan to change America, John Kerry will propose a comprehensive service plan that includes requiring mandatory service for high school students and four years of college tuition in exchange for two years of national service.
Now this would go over like a turd in the swimming pool. But in an Orwellian twist the page has been removed from the Kerry website. But once on the web, always on the web.

Doing voluntary service is fine with me, but I have always had issues with grandious plans to create an army of workers to change society. He likes to harp on Bush about his large spending. Where will the money come to create this do-good group? Magic pixie dust?
So remove the page Kerry and act like it was never there. Another crack in the wall of his campaign.
[Say Anything]

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

The government is against the barter system

A system that has been in use since time began is now under the gun of the federal government. Three self employed entrepreneurs traded services for help in a tax audit. The government was not happy, but I think the guy who got the "services" was.
An Internal Revenue Service employee pleaded guilty Monday to federal charges in connection with a scheme to trade IRS information for sexual favors from three topless dancers who needed help with federal tax problems.

Charles G. Herndon, a tax examining technician at the IRS center in Austin, pleaded guilty to a felony count of making a false statement in IRS records, a felony count of disclosure of tax information, a felony count of unlawful solicitation by an IRS employee and six misdemeanor counts of unauthorized computer access.
Must the government be involved in even simple trade? ;)

foreign observers update and opportunity

The OSCE has just released their latest report (PDF) on the Sept 7-10 meetings that occurred in Washington. Titled OCSE/ODIHR needs assessment mission report it can best be described as dry. The meetings mainly involved getting together with different groups and governmental departments to go over the future observers.

While many groups were listed only one true politician was listed. The Hon((spit spit)). Eddie Bernice Johnson, (D-Texas). You remember her. She was the one who sent a letter to the UN with a whole bunch of her cohorts asking for UN observers. So with her being involved I think this will be politicized to the extreme.

The report says that there will be 25 long term observers and 75 short term observers. Since the election system is state based they are having problems figuring out how to accredit the observers to be there.

Now for the interesting part. Bloggers like to try to make a difference in this country one little rather at a time. The email I got from the OSCE had this interesting section
Any requests for interviews with the team deployed in the US should be send to me, or and we will arrange those once possible.
Even though I think most will be assigned to Florida there is a good opportunity to be the first blogger on your block to interview a foreign observer. I will put in a request if any are assigned to central Tennessee. A lot of interesting questions could be asked.

Why you should never leave your kids, their dad, and cans of spray paint alone.

Over on another forum "20rd mag" posted these photos of a family project. I only wonder if the wife knew or did they wait for her to leave ;)

In my opinion they have improved that pink monstrosity to something worthy of praise

Monday, September 27, 2004

This is embarrassing for the TSA

There are many "secure" places in this country but the most secure, well they say it is, is the airports we fly from. With soldiers on patrol, TSA agents searching old ladies for bombs, and scanners of every sort being used I would say an airport is the most safe place to be in the country.
Well damned if I was wrong.
An employee of a restaurant inside JFK Airport said she was held up at gunpoint Sunday night, and now police are pouring over surveillance tapes to try to confirm her account.
"INSIDE" Now I will admit it sounds a little fishy, but assuming it is real this is a black eye against the "secure" flight program the TSA is forcing down our throats.
The restaurant is on the second floor in a secure area accessible only by airport staff and ticketed passengers who have passed through security screening.
So if this is real then I feel bad for the victim, and I laugh openly at the TSA. You may freely join in the laughter.
What if you had a protest and no one came?

I'm not talking about just a few, but none. Not one person. I mean standing alone as a tumbleweed rolls by and all you hear is the sound of the wind running through your head(yes I said through).

Banned book week occurred this year, and we are still in it, and I decided to do something. Nothing big, but something symbolic. I would give away a book on the "banned" list. Why? Just because some anal retentive individual in the country decided they would think for others upsets me to no end. I read what I want, and I decide with my wife what is best for my family.
So I posted on the 21st that I would give a book away and pinned it to the top for all to read. I was surprised by the amount of comments and the overall hits and I was quiet happy. Freedom is the ability to make your own choices. I gave people 99 choices to choose from. Minus the book Sex by Madonna because those books are just outrageously priced, and sat back waiting to do something against the banners..

So Saturday morning, on the 25th of September, I opened my email to see who would get a free book and found that no one had sent a simple email. Checked again Sunday, also no emails. By now I was getting depressed. You can't even give a book away in this country. So finally Monday night came around and I get an email from Jed asking if anyone had claimed the book because I had not posted on it.

Well what do I say people? That no one wanted a free banned book. That no one took the time to write an email that may take 2 minutes to compose and send. That seems to be the reality here. We just finished living under the AWB here in this country. Blogs all over the Internet were yelling for people to write and call the representatives hoping that we could make a difference. In the back of my mind I wonder how many really did call.

So here I sit. Depressed out of my mind. Maybe I was putting more into this then I should have. If people can't even send an email then how are we to make a change in the system in Washington? Damn I wish I still drank.
Rifle? What rifle? I don't see any rifle.

In what is becoming a to common occurrence Kerry has done another flip flop on something he said and is even denying he said it.
Senator John Kerry's campaign said yesterday that Mr. Kerry did not own a Chinese assault rifle, as he was quoted as saying in Outdoor Life magazine, but a single-bolt-action military rifle, blaming aides who filled out the magazine's questionnaire on his behalf for the error.

Michael Meehan, a spokesman for the campaign, said Mr. Kerry, the Democratic presidential nominee, owns two guns, a double-barreled 12-gauge shotgun and the rifle, which Mr. Meehan said Mr. Kerry "keeps as a relic" and had never fired. Mr. Meehan said the gun had no make or model markings on it and that Mr. Kerry "got it from a friend years ago," adding that such rifles were first manufactured in Russia more than 100 years ago and were used by the North Koreans and the Vietcong.
Mosin Nagant maybe? Sounds darn fishy to me. Even fake rifles would put marks on them to make the rifle seem legit. This is simply another line of bull. Also I thought he brought it home, now the story is it was a gift. If there are no markings then how does he know it is Chinese?
Sometimes the retraction becomes the story. I will now sit back and laugh my ass off.

Saturday, September 25, 2004


So would Cheney be the white guy?

Thought you would enjoy this
[Orson's Telescope]
Freedom means saying I can read what I want to read

Gun bans, Dog bans, and book bans. They all have one thing in common. They are bans forced upon you by other "enlightened individuals". I cannot find one good example of where people banned something of their own for "the good of the people". It always seems to be someone else's items that are banned.

Well here we are and September 25 is approaching fast. This day had little meaning to me until I read that September 25 is Banned Book week. The first time I was exposed to banned books was in my high school library. While technically they were not banned because the library had them, they simply were not for the students to read. Strange logic, books in a library that are not to be read. The Librarian was a hard core religious individual and she felt that her views made her the chief protector of our young and fragile minds.

More than books were banned restricted, she had also self-banned several magazines. Psychology today(SEX), Rolling Stone magazine(DRUGS), and Cosmopolitan(FEMINISM) were not put out for us to see, again to "protect us". Since she was the librarian she had the duty to order books. She had the duty to order a full range of books and in this she failed miserably. I found this out because of a CB radio. The library used the Dewey decibel system and even a laymen could see that the section on religion was well stocked with many new books. The other sections were less well stocked as my story will show.

I got my grubby little hands on an old CB radio and thought I would set it up in my room to play around with. Only one problem. I had no idea even where to start on wiring the darn thing. So my answer would have to come from books. Going to the science section I found three books that dealt with electronics and electricity. Three!. The section on religion was a full section, yet electrical science was three individual tomes. Hell the rest of the science section was pretty barren itself.

So with the three in hand I looked at the print dates and checked out the newest one. Thumbing through it I came upon a section that has stuck with me to this day. To set the scene better this all occurred in 1985/86 in Butler county Kentucky. While a small county it was not backwards much. But it also was not a very forward moving county and this one book became to represent the whole problem of the rural mentality to me.

The part that was so strange to read was a section on TV. You know them TV thingys. The little square box in the corner with real moving pictures in it. The part of the section that was seared(thanks Kerry) into my head said this
"TV. While a useful laboratory tool, they will never be commerciably feasible".
Even then I had to take the book home to show my mom out of utter disbelief. The newest book on electronics in our library was pre-TV.

The banning of books, and its related belief of only buying "good books" goes hand in hand with the damaging of knowledge and social progression. That was also the year I found my first banned list. It was in a magazine and I realized I had read about 10 of the hundred listed. Being the bull headed little shit that I was, I started to try to read as many as I could. I soon found that some of those books should have be banned just because they sucked, but some were pretty good. I never did get all 100 read. In my life I think I have read about half of the list. Fully read. Not just picked up and dropped.

So because Banned Book week is coming up I want to do something to fight ignorance and just utter damn bigotry. I will buy a book(paperback most likely) on the banned list and send them to the first person that emails me their address.(Will take first person to reply after September 25 during Banned Book Week)

If a person does not like a book for their children then opt out. Most schools will bend over backwards to not upset parents, but the second you tell me that I cannot read something then you have stepped over the line.

I have one question. Number 87 is "Where's Waldo?". Please someone tell me what messed up mind would object to a picture book of a geeky looking guy in a picture?

This is "pinned" to stay at the top until Banned Book Week.

Friday, September 24, 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.


In what can be called the ultimate in bureaucratic idiocy the major of Flint Michigan has had the paper boy arrested for not telling him who he is delivering newspapers to.
The mayor of Flint had a newspaper carrier for the Flint Journal arrested earlier this week after the carrier refused to reveal the names of his subscribers who got the paper in City Hall.
Mayor Don Williamson allegedly spotted the carrier with newspapers under his arms, stopped him, demanded the names, and called the police -- the carrier was held and questioned for about 15 minutes before he was released.
Seems in the desire for better drones workers he has banned reading anything but government work related material.
Sam Riddle, who ran Williamson's campaign for mayor last fall, said the two talked early Thursday about the ban.
"In fact," said Riddle, "We both were raising our voices at one another. Trampling on the First Amendment is not exhibiting the brand of leadership that led some of us to support him."
When his own people are turning on him you have to sit back and laugh.

Part I, II, III, IV, V, VI

UPDATE: After having the world laugh at him, and the ACLU start an investigation into the ban the Major has backed down and will now permit freedom of speech during breaks and lunch. ((Sniff)) He's just so nice to his drones.
Les Jones is a dad

I posted last night that Les Jones was posting on the coming birth of his baby. Here she is.

Katie Elizabeth Jones was born at 9:09 and weighs 7 pounds, 7 ounces. She's healthy and happy, and we're happy.

Les Jones heralded in the birth of his baby on his blog. Drop by and see the baby, and the mom.
Post 1, 2, 3

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Baby on the way.

Les Jones is blogging the birth of his baby. Just two posts so far but this was his last.
Melissa went from two centimeters to seven and a half in a couple of hours. My mom and sister came to the hospital, and in the hour they were here she went to nine centimeters at about 6:00. That's when the nurses asked her to start pushing.

After maybe half an hour we could just barely see the top of the head.

An hour and a half later, things hadn't progressed much. The doctor decided we're doing a c-section. They're getting her ready right now. I'm suited up to go in with her.

Part One (includes picture of the mom to be)
Part Two

So pull out a cigar and prepare to welcome his new child into the world.
Much Ado about Nothing

I wanted to avoid this issue because I seem not to be thinking like most of the other bloggers. Goats is the issue and bias is its related friend.
Goat fanciers turned out in force to admire and bid for beautiful goats showing off on the catwalk at a weekend festival and auction of Al-Shami goats in Riyadh.

They came from all over the Gulf. Abdullah Al-Asaker, from Kuwait, said the Al-Shami breed of goat was introduced to Kuwait from Saudi Arabia. He estimated the investment in Al-Shami goat breed at more than SR20 million.
Thirty goats were selected according to age and gender. Abdul Aziz Al-Khalaf, one of the five judges for the “Most Beautiful Goat” competition, explained that the winners are chosen on the basis of a combination of factors and overall appearance, not simply by their color. Particular points taken into consideration are the head, nose, mouth, ears, breast and eyes. The most important factor is the size of the head and the whiteness of the eye.LINK
Several blogs seem to be sitting back and laughing their ass off at a simple Goat show that has occurred in Saudi Arabia. "They had a “Most Beautiful Goat” category. They need to get out of the sun" or worse is the murmuring I hear
Only one problem. The whole thing bothers me. Mainly because it smells of racism. And damned if I will sit back and be quite.

I was directed to this find at Little Green Football. I am familiar with LGF. I used to go by there for a few months late last year but found it was not to my taste. I now remember why. Here is the first five comments under his "goat" post
Just when you think you've seen it all, the Islamic world one-ups you.

They were picking out their next sexual conquest...

Well, if they prefer goats over Stephanie Seymour or Claudia Schiffer, who are we to deny them their simple pleasures?


These people do not even see how they parody themselves. How funny.
I am not surprised at the subtle and obvious racist tones on the LGF comments. Yes there were some who objected to the randy comments, but the rest seemed to enjoy it.
Lets give some other examples of racist wordage
Honey. Lookie at that negro eating that fried chicken, You know they sure do like that.
Honey. Lookie at that chinaman eating that rice, You know they sure do like that.
Honey. Lookie at that Mexican eating that burrito, You know they sure do like that.

Now I just made up these last ones. You probably have heard versions of them sometimes in your life. Now I hope you would not sit back and let someone say things like that in your own house, then why are you all in the blog world not objecting to this low brow humor in the blog world?

While good old farmboys across the country have goat shows all the time I do not see bloggers making fun of them. Most people would look at the FFA and the 4H as organizations worth respect, then why is it so blog worthy when they have a simple goat show in Saudi Arabia?

So I may have pissed of some people out there, and if I did I'm not sorry. But racism is racism.

This post has been changed some because I misread what one other blogger meant to say. It has been edited and an apology to the blogger in question has been sent to him.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Rather meets the Nigerians

The base of all good scams is greed. Be it greed for sex that leaves you handcuffed in a hotel room, or greed for drugs that leaves with a bag full of sugar powder, or greed for cash that leaves you with a pile of customs documents to a Netherlands Escrow from your new Nigerian friend.
When ever I hear of someone being scammed I ask "how could they be scammed? It is so fake and obvious". Why is because of the nature of greed and how it leaves you blind.
Normally a good scam starts with a little taste. Rather was tantalized with his desire to hurt Bush. It blinded him. When he first saw the memos he was hooked. A fool born every second comes to mind here.
Then you get nice documents that mean so much to you. In your hand you hold all of your dreams and fantasies fulfilled. Now there is no going back. You have to put everything into this deal. Your career, job, and future is at stake and you will not fail now. Storming forward you might even pull others along, but the dream is yours Dan.
Along the way skeptics will try to stop you. But you will not believe them. They do not see the greatness of it all. They are shallow and out to hurt you so you ignore them, and sometimes turn on them.
When it crashes down you resist and keep claiming they are real. You know deep down you were not scammed. You're not that type of person. You might even attack the first one who exposes your follies to the world as part of some great conspiracy.
So finally it sinks in. You've been scammed. Your documents are worthless and your life is hammered.
Right now Dan Rather can either pull himself up by his bootstraps or retreat from the world into denial.
So the next time you hear of some fool being scammed in a Nigerian scam and your first question is "how?". Well now you know. Even the greats can blind themselves to the obvious.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

I stand in awe

I knew deep down most school administrators disliked, and maybe even hated, home schoolers. They take kids away from them and the money they would get from the state. The kids score better in almost all tests.

I have no children so I will admit an outsiders view of the whole school/ home school debate but this is outrageous.

A school decided to have terror drills. Sounds good. So whom do they pick to be the bad guys? Evil dark skinned Arabs? Nope. Red headed Irish bomb throwers? Nope again. How about double breasted suit wearing Mafia thugs? Not even close.
They decided the worst thing out there is home schooling terrorists.
Local school district transportation directors instigated the exercise because they wanted to test their abilities to respond to emergencies, said Tom Spoelman, transportation consultant for the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District. They eventually hooked up with Muskegon County Emergency Services, and planning for the event has been under way for about a year, Spoelman said.
The exercise will simulate an attack by a fictitious radical group called Wackos Against Schools and Education who believe everyone should be home schooled.(bold type for effect)
Wackos because they feel they can do a better job, and have, then the state factories schools.

Wow. That's all I can say at their blatant bias. Just Wow.
Momma knows best.

Sympathy is not one of the endearing qualities my mom has for some in life. For you see my mom is handicapped, well technically, don't ever tell her that if you like manhood intact.

So when when I read of this person in California whos whole life seems about using his disability for personnel gain I sent this to my mom for her view point.
Once again it's happening in central California: "After more than 40 years in business, Roy's Drive-In in Salinas is closing -- in part because the owner can't afford a lawsuit that accuses him of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act." Jarek Molski of Woodland Hills in southern California, who uses a wheelchair, "is suing Patterson because he claims the restaurant is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Molski has sued over 200 small businesses for not meeting ADA requirements. ...Built in the 1950s, Roy's Drive-In does not have ramps to access the windows and restrooms, but employees say the business is accessible to all of their customers -- including the disabled," through car-hop service. The restaurant is scheduled to close today.[Overlawyered]
Her view point is very un PC and likely to piss off a lot of activists out there, as if she cares.

So here are the sage words of my mom.
See. She see equality in all people. I love my momma.

Monday, September 20, 2004

Lord Woolf fiddled while Great Britain burns.

As crime goes up, and the people of once Great Britain are disarmed the government has announced that criminals can now get out of jail even faster then before.
This means that murderers can now serve less then 10 years before they become your neighbor.
With another government action, like this slap against its subjects, David Carr of Samizdata said it best
Towards the end of the 19th Century the British State made a contract with its citizens the material terms of which required the individual citizen to surrender up their right to self-defence in return for the protection of the state which, by its agents, would both defend the citizen from harm and pursue and prosecute those who did (or attempted to do) the harm.

Gradually, but inexorably, the state has walked away from its side of that bargain. However, this would be no bad thing were the citizen likewise released from his or her obligations. If the entire contract was simply put in the shredder, it would, at least, leave us free to make our own arrangements for our self-defence and security. But this is not so. The citizen's promises to relinquish the right and means of self-defence remain not only extant but zealoulsy enforced by the state which has decided that it does, indeed, take only one to tango.
To understand the system that creates American citizens over British subjects just read Samizdata. I have wondered privately to myself how long till there are people fleeing once Great Britain for America.
Maybe sooner then I thought.
Goat Cheese feed

Europe has always suffered under the weight of extreme regulations. Many see a cause and effect when compared to economic growth. Now a whole new crop of them are being created as the European Union grows.
In the Czech republic an organic farmer was about to be run out of business to the new European regulations and fought them in his own unique style.
A Czech organic farmer whose family has made goat's cheese for six generations is evading new European Union food regulations by selling his produce as "animal feed", The Sunday Telegraph writes.
"I told the food hygiene inspectors that it was not worth all that investment as I only make three to four kilos of cheese a day," The Sunday Telegraph quotes Mr Hajek, who has 30 goats, as saying.

"I charge 20 crowns for 150 grams of either plain, olive- filled or spice-covered cheese. I asked them what I should do with my cheese, and they told me to feed it to the chickens. So that's exactly what I'm doing - selling it to people for their chickens, horses and pigs, all classified as animal fodder," The Sunday Telegraph quotes Hajek.
he is not responsible for what his customers do with the cheese, and has put up a sign outside his farm in southern Bohemia to that effect.

"Goat's cheese made from non-pasteurised milk. Hand kneaded. Recipe kept for six generations," it reads.

"Absolutely failing to meet EU norms, therefore designated for animal feeding purposes. Tested on people."
Now this is a story that looks like a win, but the governments of the world have long memories when it comes to people not toeing the line.
Armies of health inspectors have taken to standing outside the farm, interviewing customers about what they plan to do with the cheese. One customer, a pensioner living in a one-bedroom flat whose only pet was a goldfish, denied eating it himself, saying it was for a neighbour's dog.
Unable to close the legal loophole, Czech officials now claim that it is unfit for animal consumption because it is mixed with herbs and spices. Mr Hajek faces being closed down, or a million- crown fine, The Sunday Telegraph says in conclusion.
So I feel damn sorry for the guy. The government will win, They have the money, the regulations and the law to hammer this poor guy down.

So what happens? People who buy his cheese will have to go purchase it at a higher cost elsewhere. His family, that was already hurting for money, will get more government support, and another family business of 6 generations is gone.
What is the true horror of this story is that the government there most likely views this as a victory.

Sunday, September 19, 2004

Graphed spam

In what can be best described as uber-geek blogging Raymond Chen at The old new thing has graphed every piece of spam and virus(es) he has gotten in one email address since 1997. I would say this guy needs a hobby real bad, but he has one and sharing it for all to see.

Also over at Cazh1 as he has posted his own spam graph.

Saturday, September 18, 2004

Banned book week

Banned book week is September 25 of this year and some have asked why some of the books are on the list.
The correct title of the list is this
The 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–1999
I got the list from the ALA(American Library Association) who is the main force behind the banned book week.
Some rightly asked why some were on the list. Since I had not gone over the whole list I thought I would address the top six and a few other ones of note.

Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz
Complaints: Violence, unsuited to age group, occult themes.
A complaint from the school district in Campbell County, Wyo., said the books made kids believe "ghosts are actually possible." Another said, children shouldn't be "scared by materials they read in school."
Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite
Complaints: Homosexual themes, promotes sodomy.
Challenged but retained at the Dayton and Montgomery County, Ohio Public Library. Removed from the anti-bias curriculum of the Lane County Head Start program in Cottage Grove, Oregon. Challenged at the Chandler, Arizona Public Library. Removed from the children's section of the Fort Worth, Texas Public Library.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Complaints: Sexual content, racism, offensive language, violence, unsuited to age group.
Round Rock School District, Texas, attempted to remove from the curriculum, challenging the work as "pornographic." In Columbus, Mississippi, 30 copies were snatched by school officials and a temporary ban inititated at Caldonia Middle School on the grounds it is "too sexually explicit to be read by children."
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
Complaints: Offensive language, violence.
Challenged but retained on the 10th-grade reading list at Hephzibah High School, Augusta, Georgia. Challenged as required reading at the Hudson Falls, New York schools.
Another good link on banning this bookThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Complaints: Racism, offensive language.
Challenged but retained on high school reading list at the Lewisville, Texas schools. Challenged in English classes at Taylor County High School in Butler, Georgia.
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Complaints: Offensive language, racism, violence, unsuited to age group
Challenged in the Mingus, Arizona Union High School. Removed from classrooms in Putnam County, Tennessee schools. Challenged in the Loganville, Georgia High School
Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine
In the Minneapolis suburb of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, parents are trying to persuade the school board to ban the Goosebumps series from one elementary school library
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Complaints: Offensive language, undermines religious beliefs
Challenged at the Polk City, Fla. Elementary School (1985) by a parent who believed that the story promotes witchcraft, crystal balls, and demons. Challenged in the Anniston Ala. schools (1990). The complainant objected to the book's listing the name of Jesus Christ together with the names of great artists, philosophers, scientists, and religious leaders when referring to those who defend earth against evil.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Complaints: Sexual themes, offensive language, racial themes
Considered "dangerous" because of profanity and undermining of race relations. Challenged (temporaily banned) in Eden Valley, Minnesota, 1977; Vernon-Verona-Sherill, New York, School District, 1980; Warren, Indiana, township schools, 1981; Waukegan, Illinois, School District, 1984; Kansas City, Missouri, junior high schools, 1985; Park Hill (Missouri) Junior High School, 1985. Protested by black parents and NAACP in Casa Grande (Arizona) Elementary School District, 1985.

Now this one is my favorite
Where's Waldo
Complaints: Nudity (Yes, I am serious.)
Although most of us are searching for Waldo among the crowd in the illustrations of this book, some folks have discovered something else entirely--purportedly a topless sunbather. The book was challenged by libraries in Michigan on the grounds that "on some of the pages there are dirty things."

Challenging and banning books is not limited to standard fiction either. Even Science fiction has been threatened in places.
The board of directors for the South Texas Independent School District is expected to decide tonight whether to ban two books — Aldous Huxley’s "Brave New World" and Robert Heinlein’s "Stranger in a Strange Land" — from the high school’s 10th grade English advanced placement curriculum. The books, part of the class’ summer reading list, may lead to "inappropriate sexual arousal of young teens," parent Julie Wilde wrote in her complaint to the district.
"This is pornographic literature and we do not feel it has a place in any school funded by taxpayer dollars."
While some have been banned all have been challenged with one common thread. Someone decided that not only should they decide what their children should read, and rightly so. They decided they should have the choice to decide what your children should read, and that is wrong.

Solonor is the website I got most of the banned and challenged information from for the individual books. He has done a great job worth reading. He even has his own blog.

If anyone can find the image in Where's Waldo that upset people so much please send it to me. I had trouble even finding him on the best of days.

Friday, September 17, 2004

Here is the list of most banned books.

Please, with exception of series, pick one you have not read.(If a book is not easily available please pick two alternative choices for ease of purchase)

Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz
Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Forever by Judy Blume
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Giver by Lois Lowry
My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine
A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Earth’s Children (Series) by Jean M. Auel
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
The Witches by Roald Dahl
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
The New Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein
Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
The Goats by Brock Cole
The Stupids (Series) by Harry Allard
Anastasia Krupnik (Series) by Lois Lowry
Final Exit by Derek Humphry
Blubber by Judy Blume
Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters by Lynda Madaras
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
The Pigman by Paul Zindel
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier
Deenie by Judy Blume
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar
Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat by Alvin Schwartz
Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
Cujo by Stephen King
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
Ordinary People by Judith Guest
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
Bumps in the Night by Harry Allard
Asking About Sex and Growing Up by Joanna Cole
What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons by Lynda Madaras
The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell
Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
Boys and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
Crazy Lady by Jane Conly
Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher
Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
Fade by Robert Cormier
Guess What? by Mem Fox
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Native Son by Richard Wright
Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women’s Fantasies by Nancy Friday
Curses, Hexes and Spells by Daniel Cohen
On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
Jack by A.M. Homes
Arizona Kid by Ron Koertge
Family Secrets by Norma Klein
Mommy Laid An Egg by Babette Cole
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
Where Did I Come From? by Peter Mayle
The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
Carrie by Stephen King
The Dead Zone by Stephen King
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
Always Running by Luis Rodriguez
Private Parts by Howard Stern
Where’s Waldo? by Martin Hanford
Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Running Loose by Chris Crutcher
Sex Education by Jenny Davis
Jumper by Steven Gould
Christine by Stephen King
The Drowning of Stephen Jones by Bette Greene
That Was Then, This is Now by S.E. Hinton
Girls and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
The Wish Giver by Bill Brittain
Jump Ship to Freedom by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

Sex by Madonna is way to costly for me so it is off the list. Sorry.
What was he thinking?

Everyone has seen the picture here below. The little three year old girl crying after a union ass tore up her sign. The country is united in thinking the union member who ripped it up should be beaten just a little.

I have only one problem. I think the dad should be slapped around a bit himself.
Here is the blurb under the photo on yahoo.
Three-year-old Sophia Parlock cries while seated on the shoulders of her father, Phil Parlock, after having their Bush-Cheney sign torn up by Kerry-Edwards supporters on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004, at the Tri-State Airport in Huntington, W.Va. Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards made a brief stop at the airport as he concluded his two-day bus tour to locations in West Virginia and Ohio.

So here we have a lot of Kerry/Edwards supporters there to see the man they want to win. Now "dad" goes there to carry his Pro-Bush sign and with emotions in this election the way they are he feels taking his little girl and son into the opposing crowd is a good idea? Sorry but he was not using a lot of brain cells that day. Yes I understand he has the right to go anywhere he wants to, but reality is that there are places that common sense should tell him "no".
He has the responsibility as a father to not take his children into harms way. So the blame for this whole fiasco is shared equally among several people.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Bad eyes and type.

Now I do not know if this is just limited to Movable type 2.66 or if it just a blog's personnal setting but gray type sucks people. At least for me.
Here is a picture of type that I hate. On the right is the un-named blogs gray type, and on the left is the black type of my favorites. While I am not sure if it is just my eyes and my prescription glasses, but I am getting a certain level of eye strain trying to read some gray type blogs.
So please. If you have movable type and there is an option to set color please set it to a color that is well defined for guys with crappy eyes.
Under the user friendly FCC sky

I have to admit that I consider myself a Libertarian with some restraint. Most Libertarians look upon the rules and regulations of government as an evil without exception. This is where I disagree sometimes. One is the FCC, but with a "but".

The FCC has been given the power to regulate the airwaves for the sake of efficient communications. I really do not see the problem here. I like the fact I can use my FRS/GMRS radio without interference. The police and other agencies that do a lot of good need bands set aside for them. This is one place that I agree for the most part needs to be done.

Now the "but". The FCC, like all government agencies, decided(or their parent agency) long ago that not only do they regulate the bands for ease of use, the regulate who gets the privilege of using them. This is the part that makes most libertarians dislike government programs. They have to regulate AND control.

Pirate stations are on the forefront of the battle against the FCC control of access to the bands. Fighting a losing battle in most cases they keep popping up, and the FCC and Feds keep shutting them down. Here in Tennessee the FCC just raided and shut down KFAR(Knoxville First Amendment Radio) for broadcasting without permission, permission they would never give in the first place.


So why shut them down? Not for any reason other then control. This was most definitely not a small operation. Looking at their schedule for the week notice that there is few "available" time slots for new programs. This was a true community station. No corporate control and the issues that go along with them.

This was posted about the raid itself on the stations message forum.
Approx 10 am the fcc along with Federal Marshalls came up to the station with paperwork to take the equiptment. It was a civil action, and no charges or fines at this time. They got a locksmith to unlock the doors, and the fcc confiscated all KFAR's equiptment while the Federal Marshalls were there to make sure they could do it. They cataloged the equiptment that they took, and left paperwork at the station.
Several news organizations including the Knoxville News Sentinel, The Metro Pulse and Channel 10 came up to the station while this was happening.
I video taped this happening at the station and the fcc loading our equiptment into thier van. I am also going to set up my dvd recorder to record channel 10's 6pm news. Look for the article in the news sentinal tommorrow.

This was posted by one of the DJ's
Dear Sir

I speak for myself alone. KFAR has operated by the light of day for 3 years now. My name is Brian C.Irwin. I have been a dj at KFAR for 2.5 years. I can be reached at for anyone who is concerned or interested.

If I am a criminal then it is a crime of conscience. This was a consensual crime with no victim. Now there is a victim, my ability to peacefully express myself using my constitutional right to Free Speech ! The airwaves belong to the people. Not just for the corporations to make money from. That is who you (The FCC) support alone. Who is going to protect the right of people to protest? Your reading from one person who will.

We are only a threat to those who fear that a voice and truth other than their own is being spoken, but more importantly being heard. Those involved in perpetuating the status Quo. I wonder who complained about KFAR ? Initial reports point to another corporate owned radio station. Who owns that radio station?

KFAR exists alone because no other radio or TV station could afford to speak the truth. The mass media has failed the bulk of American people. KFAR was a breath of fresh air on the airwaves. I understand that is threatening to those who want to sell you something This lie will not get buried. You cannot silence KFAR and those who created it for long. This was a calculated error, as history will bear me out!

I consider this to be an act of toothless aggression by the Authorities. They just made KFAR more powerful! The silence on the air is deafening! Give me KFAR or give me Death!

LONG LIVE KFAR.... And yeah I'm pissed and so should you be if you care about the 1st Amendment!

P.S Long live the MAXIMUM LEADER !

Brian C. Irwin

Now before you think I am putting this into the Robin Hood category, someone who posted under the name cage771 left this message and I will post it here for balance.
I heard about what happened to your station on Democracy Now! today. Great FREE PR!!

It is a shame, but this is what happens when you run a station without a license. Yes, the airwaves are public and belong to anyone and everyone. In fact, all you have to do is get the equipment to broadcast and apply for an FCC license. Sure, it costs money, but, this is how every legal station across the country got on the air. This includes every station from your local PBS/NPR affiliate to a newly aquired Clear Channel station. How you utilize your license, either for or non profit, is up to you. What you put on it, within certain constraints (these are the peoples airwves right?? even the elderly listen to the radio), is completely up to you.

But, when you operate a station, no matter the wattage or range, without a license, the governent will come after you. Otherwise you'll end up with the FM band sounding like 11Mhz (CB freq range). People operating with too much power knocking out lower wattage stations, interfering with cable TV and satellite services and more.

I hold several licenses from the FCC which dictate my operating procedures. I worked my butt off for my licenses. And I am pissed when an un-licensed fool gets on and screws with my transmission or reception.

These rules are in place to provide for organized FM and AM bands where legal opererators can do their job without getting into and interferring with other legal operators.

So....take the proper route, follow the procedures to get on the air legally, and then broadcast whatever format you wish...

Good luck guys....
He does have a point within reason. Only problem is that the large radio stations and the FCC have until recently made it impossible to start your own low power station; Even now it is a hassle to get one going. So what they call regulation, most realists would call a stranglehold.

So looking at both sides I will have to side with the station on this one.

The camera is a freedom lovers best friend
See earlier post

Assault radio station gear

Two full vehicles to carry the gear away
Videotape justice

Not all videotape is the same. Some tape is blurry and some only shows seconds of a larger scene and incident, and some tells the truth even if the police do not like it.

Here in Nashville we just had charges dropped against a guy for protesting. You know, that damn free speech that is causing Bush and Rathers so much trouble. His crime was being in the wrong place while King George came through and not cowtowing to "the man with the badge"

"I fought the law, and the law won lost"

The type of story is occurring more and more. The organizers like to put the supporters in view and shove the protestors out of the way.
The judge's decision to dismiss the charge came after witnesses and a videotape of the confrontation between Scott and authorities contradicted police testimony about what had happened in Forest Hills that day.
Mounted patrol Officer Rita Harden testified that Scott had resisted and had run across the street. A videotape of the confrontation showed that Harden used her horse to bump Scott into the street, but it never showed him running away.
"contradicted testimony"?? Can we say perjury? I know they will do nothing, all they did was lie under oath and in today's world this is not that bad in their view.
One officer said he had ''begged'' Scott to move and did not want to arrest him, but Scott would not budge.
Such compassion.((pause to wipe tear from eye))
This is getting out of hand. After the North Carolina arrests they Secret service said they were going to be backing off some of the extreme demands in the local communities they occupy visit. I guess the new training manual show that using local cops as proxy enforcers is a nice way to get around it.

So if you are going to ANYPLACE that there is a chance of direct dealings with police or other badged individuals please have someone recording it all with a video from a distance.
Thank goodness there was no Ardour

Sometimes in life G-d mocks people who really deserve it, and here he did it 46 times.
Forty-six Brazilian policemen traveling to a sports competition were caught with their guard down this week when four Brazilian thieves robbed the bus carrying them to the event.
The bus with 46 unarmed policemen from northeastern Paraiba state was headed to the city of Salvador in Bahia when two cars with armed robbers forced them to stop on the country's main interstate highway on Tuesday.
Unarmed! I bet they were feeling just like the rest of the people in Brazil. I wonder how many of them said to themselves "If I only had a firearm to protect myself I would not be a victim"?
The suspects, who escaped, apparently did not know the bus was full of police when they stopped it
Of course not. As long as the victim is unarmed their occupation is not important.

Well as turn about is fair play and the fact they just disarmed the entire country adds a bit of humor I can thoroughly enjoy.
"We are looking for them, but I cannot say there's any particular ardour here due to the fact that policemen have been robbed."
No ardour, just the enjoyment the criminal has when the state disarms all of their victims.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Rosh Hashanah

Tonight is celebrated the new year of 5765 at 8pm. Happy new year.
Dan Rather meets NASCAR

Watching "best of" shows is one of my few TV watching enjoyments. Best of "COPS", "Police chases", "Real TV" and other accident prone shows. Sitting here in my house I can watch the carnage happen and be safe. Racing accidents are one that I enjoy the most. One car piling into another, Fenders and bumpers being torn off, and wheels that end up slowly rolling alone down the track as the vehicles come to a stop and the smoke clears.

Right now I am watching one of the biggest pile-ups ever. Dan Rather slammed into the wall hard and cartwheeled down the track leaving debris in his wake, Behind him are dozens of "experts" that are piling into him beating the poor guy to a pulp. I know I should feel sorry but I just can't. He has dragged himself out of the wreckage and is screaming that the people who watch him are the blame of this accident, He is trying to climb the fence to get at the pajama clad crowd to our viewing pleasure here at home. Even other drivers are sitting back saying he caused this whole thing with ,just a little bit of sadistic pleasure in their voices, as they watch the mighty fall.

Well Dan. Welcome to the world of "TV news accidents caught on tape"
Next on FOX!!

That's the best word I can use to describe what I feel about the California rifle ban. The lack of reality in the choices they made is what is bothering me.
For example.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday signed into law a gun control measure restricting the sale and ownership of a powerful rifle critics said might be used by terrorists.
Using the word "might" is a sign of weakness. Think about it. With that word you cannot defend against it. Yes, the rifles honestly might be used one day in a terrorist act and it would be a crime under hundreds of different laws already on the books. So they pass this law under the "might" banner.

In describing what they want to stop they use mental images of planes crashing, fuel bunkers burning, and gas lines exploding. Only problem is that the largest acts of terror in this country have been carried out with common items that are not scary looking and will not earn them a single vote for banning them.

So when I wrote an email to the governor of California I knew in the back of my head that I would get better results writing Santa or the tooth fairy. I was right.
I did get an auto-response back filled with the standard crud that our government has become
Thank you for your email to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Governor appreciates hearing from concerned and involved Californians, as well as from individuals all over the world who have an interest in California.
I will not hold my breath.
Governor Schwarzenegger is committed to restoring your confidence in state government.
Failed already
As the Governor has said, with hard work and your help, California will once again be the "Golden Dream by the Sea".
Again failed.
Due to the unprecedented number of emails sent to the Governor, there may be a delay in immediately responding to your email.
If delay means a program to send a BS letter back to me then you have responded. Thanks Arnie!
Please know that the Governor's office is making every effort to respond to your inquiry and will ensure that your voice is heard by the Governor.
Well technically the computer that replied might have heard me. I hope it was not a skynet computer.
To help us respond to you, please include your name and address when you communicate with the Governor's Office.
I did. Should I stay by the phone?
Please note that we are unable to accept e-mail attachments because of the risk of Internet viruses. We ask that you please send your attachments via traditional mail to:

Office of the Governor
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814

So here we have a bill, passed by illegal voting becoming law. They were not even ashamed of the fact that some voted for themselves and others. California likes to show how enlightened they are and forward thinking but they role in the mud just like the rest of the political swines. They just don't think they stink.

So this was not a vote for safety, this was a vote for advancing their influence in all levels of government and society. Not corruption for money, they would never be that low, this is corruption for power. The most intoxicating thing in the world.

I am writing a letter to this guy.

His name is Ronald E. Pane, Chief Sergeant at Arms of the California assembly. I am going to ask, and I hope you do also, if voting fraud is legal in California and what is his duties if he sees it? If legal how much does a politician cost and will they take credit cards? Voting fraud is a criminal act and if he knew it was occurring then why is he not doing anything? He is a sworn police officer and I believe that fraud is illegal, even when the government does it.
(916) 319-2808

Also I plan on writing this person
His name is E. Dotson Wilson and he is the current chief clerk of the assembly of California. Why write him? Because his duties listed on the california website include this
The Chief Clerk is the Parliamentarian of the Assembly, advising the presiding officer on parliamentary procedure;
I would like to know where in their house rules they feel that ghost voting is ok?

So drop a line to the California den of thieves and see if they have the guts to reply honestly.


Tuesday, September 14, 2004

For unto us a child is born

I have read many things blogged. I have read of love and love lost. I have read of life and death. On September 10 Jack's Bog's blog posted on the one year anniversary of the birth of his child, with 911 recording and pictures.

Listen to the child's first cry as he did.

Happy one year birthday kid.

Sunday, September 12, 2004

Religion and politics
Where do we draw the line, or should we

Keyes is running for office in Illinois and a few comments he has made has brought forth deeper thought in me then normal. Religion has always had a place in politics, for good and bad. The better way for me to say it is that religion has been politicized for politics sake, for good and bad.

Keyes made this statement.
"Christ would not stand idly by while an infant child in that situation died," Keyes said. "And I'm not the only person, obviously, who thinks if you are a representative of me, I cannot vote for you if you would ignore the dignity and claims of that child's life. So, yes, I did respond quite logically -- you'll see it's quite logical, right -- with the conclusion that Christ would not vote for Barack Obama, because Barack Obama has voted to behave in a way that it is inconceivable for Christ to have behaved."
Now for me this bothers me to no end and I will explain why.
"Lines in the sand" is a common usage to show what your beliefs are and where you stand on an issue. Most move as you mature and some fade away as you realize the views you were so emotional about as a youth are very unimportant in the grand scheme of things. Religion is a major line in the sand. It is not an issue that can proven wrong over a beer at a bar, or around the dinner table to your embarrassment. This is the essence of you at stake. Your soul and possible damnation. Even people who are not religious will admit that is a lot to ante up with on a subject such as politics.
So we now have politicians bringing forth G-d and Jesus out on the stage to support them. They have recently been using religion heavily against Kerry because of his stand on abortion. Not withstanding the rights and wrongs of abortion the issue is should G-d and Jesus take center stage in a political arena?
Now if abortion is the issue to damn Obama or Kerry then the follow up question should be what other issues can damn, or bless candidates?

Taxes? "Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God's" . Sounds pretty straight. Jesus says don't shaft the government out of their fair share. But what is fair and when does it cross over into not-rendering? Tax shelters seem a way to not render. Are they a sin? Is your soul on the line to save a few hundred dollars in a 401k plan? Ever get paid off the clock? If you don't render you're screwed. Now tell me of one politician who has never used a tax shelter to render less to Caesar. If they are not following the words of Jesus then they should be voted out and damned.

Blood transfusions? "Flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat." Many people think this is a sin and have Biblical verses to back it up. With a wife who regularly gave blood for years I feel this is a strange one then I looked closer. Now can this be an issue in an election? Yes. Bob Dole has allowed his wife to work for the Red Cross for years. Now what type of man would allow his wife to sin, why has he not chastised her for supporting evil? Would you vote for a man who supports evil on such a world wide scale? I would hope not.

Welfare? "therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land." Now how could a person not support the welfare state of this country. It does not say anything about work programs. So either open your hands and feed the poor by voting for every welfare bill or you've pissed G-d off again.

Military budget/2nd amendment voting record? "But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. " The "resist not evil" has been used since the beginning to justify non violence and a pacifistic attitude. So have you ever thought of getting a concealed permit. If it is to resist evil then you're in trouble and the politicians who voted to allow you to have it are in bigger trouble. Buying all those weapons for the military is resisting evil so you had better not have ever voted for a military budget increase or you're in hot water with G-d.

So where do you draw the line on how to judge the candidates and which way to vote. That is up to you and you alone. The relationship between you and your faith is no one else's business. So why write this?

Because lately it is seeming to be vogue to use a religious club not on the candidates but on the voters. "Vote for Mr Generic because G-d supports his views on this and this and the other one running doesn't so he must be evil, and G-d doesn't like evil"
Religion has many roles in our society and the main one is a basis for a morality that has worked pretty good for us. Being part of a Judea-Christian country is pretty nice with the ability to make my own path. No class structures or religious limitations on jobs, loves, or children.

So why are we all of a sudden hammering each other with G-d in the political realm. John F.Kennedy took some hits because he was one of the first viable Catholic candidates. I expect he lost a lot of votes, but many say he was a pretty good President.

Now when it comes to religion and the voting booth only one person is in there. You. Some would say that G-d is always there and if you vote for candidate A over candidate B you're damned because G-d saw the way you voted. I think that is up to you to decide. The cheapening of G-d to the level of a political ploy is shameful and should be resisted.

While they do have the right to say "Christ would not vote for Barack Obama" I think it says more about them then it does the issues itself.

Ragin Cajun said this:
You don't think Jesus has a preference on this issue? Do you think Alan Keyes is wrong about who Jesus would vote for? If so, why? Should your faith not determine your vote?
Yes it should help determine your vote, but when does saying that Jesus would have a preference crosses over to Jesus orders you to under ecclesiastic threat to your salvation? That line is being stepped on more and more everyday and it is worrisome. Freedom of choice, even if it is a painful choice is one that our country is based on. Taking away that choice because of religious threats is against everything that is good here.

So if someone tells me Jesus would not vote for a guy, I will think you're religious and passionate. Tell me Jesus would not vote for a guy and you should not either, you start getting on the line I worry we are crossing this election. Tell me Jesus would not vote for a guy and if I want eternal happiness I better not either will get you kicked in the nadds. Because I think G-d told me too.

Saturday, September 11, 2004

Crowd control hightech style

One movie that stuck in my head from my childhood was Soylent Green. A dystopia based movie of over population, crime, starving people, and future crowd control, but mainly where and what was for dinner. One of the two images that has stuck in my head from it was Charlton Heston yelling saying Soylent green is made of people! You've got to tell them! Soylent green is people!, now that would stick in a kids head. The other image was the form of crowd control they used. Dump trucks with scoops for new food the rioters.

With the recent RNC in NY they pulled out a lot of new toys they had bought with our tax money for control. Not crowd control as much as people control. One of the items is an LRAD projector.

Looks cool up there on that reinforced Hummer. All round and black. Just ready to blast the heck out of you and teach you to mess with the man.

LRAD is a breakthrough long-range hailing and warning, directed acoustic device designed to communicate with authority and exceptionally high intelligibility. From either a static or mobile location, LRAD can transmit a verbal challenge with instructions at operationally significant distances in a focused beam, and follow up with a powerful warning tone to influence behavior or determine intent. Recorded messages can be selected and transmitted over LRAD in multiple languages. Used in maritime roles, LRAD supports force protection of critical assets against small boat terrorist threats plus visit/board/search and seizure missions during maritime interdiction operations. Land based applications include crowd control, area denial, clearing buildings, psychological operations, and protection of critical infrastructure. Military services are also evaluating LRAD for use in helicopters to further extend their ability to hail and warn at longer distances and in remote locations. LINK

Sounds all soft and nice until you get the real details.
LRAD operates within OSHA guidelines to deliver communications and safely disorient the listener based upon range, exposure time, power output, frequency and tonal patterns controlled by the operator

Now this may seem like a non lethal device, but if it causes you real pain, and it causes you permanent hearing loss then it can be, and will be, abused by the users.
"Inside 100 yards, you definitely don't want to be there," said Mr. Gruenler, adding that the device is recommended for a range of 300 yards or less. He said he lacked "initial feedback" on how they are working in Baghdad.
Hearing researchers say sound that loud and of that high a frequency - about 2,100 to 3,100 hertz - could be dangerous if someone were exposed to it long enough.
"That's a sensitive region for developing hearing loss," said Richard Salvi, director of the Center for Hearing and Deafness at the University at Buffalo. "The longer the duration, the more serious it is." LINK

So the crowd control of today is a lot nicer looking then the movies ever showed, but just as oppressive. Something like this is a collective punishment. The protests and mass arrests in NY recently is full of stories of regular people getting rounded up, and charged. So this is at best overkill.

We outlawed public torture, but will cause you pain and permanent hearing loss if you do not follow orders without question. Good job NT city
Free book about the path our country seems to be taking

Weapons of Mass Delusion is a book written in response to a threat to our country. But this is not a foreign threat but one of our own making. That's the sad part.
Popular technology commentator and author Richard Forno's witty but realistic examination of American culture, particularly since September 11. He acknowledges -- and challenges where necessary - many of the critical issues Americans are afraid (or incapable) of confronting themselves. He concludes that the national emergency facing America today isn't terrorism or rogue nations, but the daily illusions and mass delusions that make up what passes for reality in American society - in other words, the real danger facing America is what we're allowing ourselves to become.
While it is still being sold, and I would like to point you to infowarrior to buy, they have also released it in free PDF form also. Released under the Creative Commons License all proceeds from future sales will go to support the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Blorg* reporting

Dan Rather is experiencing a new occurrence. A group of individuals that have come together and become more then the sum.

Without going into detail of the Memo-gate( I think cover-your-assgate is also proper) I think the real issue is the media not knowing how to react to a new phenomena. Each blogger out there cannot build a whole story on their own in most cases, but they can come together and build a story that can shake a network. Blogs that can do overlays to compare type, blogs that post on typewriters, blogs that study old address in government records, and even bloggers who know what kerned pairs are, they each bring a certain knowledge to the table.
"Blogs have been characterized as places where people just go to mouth off, but what this brings out is the ability of blogs to actually help report a story," said Paul Grabowitz, professor of new media at the University of California at Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. LINK

The large media used to report "news" and the masses would have to take it as truth. Now with the internet, the future is THEY have to report the truth and we watch them. This is the closest thing to true libertarian journalism I have ever seen.

*shamelessly stolen but it sounds good

Friday, September 10, 2004

The real story is not about the crime, the crime is his view.

It started with a bad arrest and harassment of a family.
Federal prosecutors apologized Thursday to a Sterling Heights businessman whom they admitted was indicted and arrested by mistake.
Basil Yousef Denha, the 54-year-old owner of a demolition company, was arrested early Wednesday at his home by federal immigration agents. He was named in an indictment that charged him and four others with smuggling more than 200 illegal immigrants from the Middle East into the United States since 2001.
The ring extorted tens of thousands of dollars in payments from immigrants and their families, who were falsely promised U.S. visas.

Arrested Wednesday and released Thursday. They made a mistake. It happens. But the story is not what leaves me angry as hell.
When arrested he got a lawyer as everyone should and things worked out. But not before a lot of hassle for the poor guy.
"They searched everything, but the most damage was my 16-year-old younger brother had to go to school and get grief from classmates. The damage done was to my family's reputation."
Agents on Wednesday seized computers, passports, airline tickets, wallets and personal items. The Denhas plan to take a cruise next month.
Agents had returned some of the items by Thursday and plan to return the remaining items, the family said.
You would think he would want some payback. Right?
He might but the reason why he is not trying is what enrages me to no end.
Berg said it's doubtful his client will take any legal action. "It's hard to sue the king," he said. "They make the rules."
You can't sue the king?
You can't sue the king? Bull!

Have we gone so far down the road that the government can do damn near anything it wants and we just roll over and take it? I hate to say it but we are on the edge and I blame Ashcroft for much of it..
We have no-fly lists that you cannot get your name off of, we have our land being taken to build casinos and we can not do anything, and we have our government entering our homes to check out our children without warrants and we can do not one anything but yell silently.

If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face -- for ever.'
George Orwell, 1984 Chapter 3
"Cry Havoc!" and let slip the dogs of war. -Shakespeare, Julius Caesar III.i.270
"Cry Havoc!" and let slip the commission of stupidity. -911 Commission, 2004

Creep will be the catch word for the next many years of this country. Creep. Not the insult but the basis of the phrase mission creep. I first learned of the word when they started seizing the property of big bad drug dealers. I was young and pretty damn dumb so I thought it was a good idea, and so did many others.

But then creep occurred. Creep is the nature of government to take one thing and start using it for another, just a little at first. Then when it is part of the system it is to late. Mission creep has won. Seizing the goods of bad people was well intended and seemed good, then it spread to smaller crimes. Prostitution. Did they seize the ladies? No. They seized the cars of the johns. Creep had occurred. Now it is normal to see cops on TV brag to the person being arrested to "say goodbye to your car buddy".

So when the government, in standard knee jerk reaction, started locking down airports and creating a wall of government bureaucratic thugs security I saw the future of creep. "For your good and the security of our country" they chanted in blind obedience to their G-d, the state. I saw creep occur. The first big sign of it was when the TSA said it was going to get involved with buses(Maybe after watching the movie Speed one to many times). Random ID checks and illegal baggage checks soon followed.
But the Madrid occurred and the government creeped over into another area and is now starting to lock down Amtrak for securities sake. Just try to seize a train and drive it to Cuba you terrorists.

Well now we have the 9-11 commissions report and they have some new whiz-bang ideas for us. One is to expand the no fly list into a no-travel list.
The government should convert its "no-fly" list of suspected terrorists into a "no-transport" list that applies to cruise ships, Amtrak and other forms of travel besides air, the Sept. 11 commission staff recommended in a previously unreleased report.

Distributed to Congress this week, the staff report buttresses the commission's transportation recommendations and provides much greater detail -- including suggested deadlines for such improvements as classes in self-defense for flight attendants.
Yep. We know need to learn a new word boys and girls. A word used so well in the Soviet Union and going to be used more often here. Can you say
Internal exile?
Well with the 9-11 commission, and the no go anywhere we don't want you to go to list no fly list that will keep growing what does the future hold? What should we do?
Start looking for a rooftop is my idea.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

A short story: Finding the true bastard inside

Like most other people I was born. I was specifically born in Madisonville Kentucky in 1967. My mom and dad had gotten married early in 1966 in Mount Pisgah Baptist church, and that is where my strange story started.

My dear mom was raised Roman Catholic. She had attended either church schools or on-base military schools here whole life. Her dad, my grandfather, was career navy. He was based in Fort Campbell Kentucky when she met my dad. My dad was pure bread redneck just a little short of inbred. The first generation out of the mines of Muhlenberg county(You know your family has worked in the mines to much when a road to them is named for your family).

The Airshaft lane is where the crescent mine is, or was. Coal was king, and it truly enslaved the state. My grandmother would tell about being paid in script. But that is for another post. Mt. Pisgah road is to the east on the map. Our family lived right between Heaven and hell. Browning lane is for Bill Browning, he married my Aunt Anna. Never has walked on this earth a nicer lady. Damn I miss her. Some maps say Crescent road instead of Miller road, but what the heck does the government know? The county says Miller and that is good enough for the county.

Well as the story goes they met, they got engaged, and they got married. Married in 1966 at Mount Pisgah as expected for a Miller. It was the family church and most of my family has been laid to rest there, and my dad is there now.
Now mom was still a Catholic at heart. Born into the church she had planned on dying in the church, but I screwed that up. What happened was a warning about the life I was going to lead.

I do not know how old I was at the time, memory is a bit faded, but I was only a few months old when the Catholic nature of my mom said that it was time for me to be christened. Going to the nearest church she approached the priest and started to talk to him about getting me christened.

This is where it got a little extreme.
To make it short he told her an absolute "no".
Why? Because I was a bastard. Yep. Not even a few months old and my true nature was showing through already causing trouble. He informed her that since my dad was not Catholic, and she was not married in the Catholic church they did not recognize the marriage. Since she was not married in the eyes of the Catholic church I was illegitimate, and thus a bastard, and they would not christen me.

Wrong move people. My mom, to this day, will not tell me what she said specifically, but as she said "I gave him a few choice words and left". I really want to know what she said, but she refuses to tell me. Bad mom. I want the dirt.

She kept the promise made that day except for one time. Many years ago she went back to say goodbye to her brother. Several months after walking out of the church that first time she was approached by a couple of guys in white shirts with name tags. Mormon missionaries. To round out the story she converted, and I was raised in the LDS church never knowing my true illegitimate heritage. But as I get older I find it is becoming easier to find the true bastard inside.

Wednesday, September 08, 2004


This time my lucky duck tape will not even fix it.
I just lost all respect I might of had for the guy

Keyes. I will admit that all I really know about him is that he is a black republican who is running for the Senate in Illinois because another republican could not keep his hormons under check. But I do know that he has now made a comment that has put him squarely into the my growing "fools and idiots" file.
I have several personnel peeves, things that drive me up the wall. One is religious blackmail in politics. Keep religion out of politics and DO NOT use G-d as a blunt instrument to get my vote. The great thing about our country is the ability to vote freely without fear. Well guess what Keyes did?
Keyes, who has focused his campaign on abortion, said that his statement about whom Jesus would vote for was based on Obama's pro-choice votes in the Illinois Senate.

"Christ would not stand idly by while an infant child in that situation died," Keyes said. "And I'm not the only person, obviously, who thinks if you are a representative of me, I cannot vote for you if you would ignore the dignity and claims of that child's life. So, yes, I did respond quite logically -- you'll see it's quite logical, right -- with the conclusion that Christ would not vote for Barack Obama, because Barack Obama has voted to behave in a way that it is inconceivable for Christ to have behaved."
So here I sit starting a new "fools and idiots" file with Keyes name on it. I find the files are mostly filled with politicians and actors who think they are G-d in greatness.

DO NOT use religion to beat people into voting for or against someone. It is the lowest form of politics and is shameful. Some people just seem to want to use the lowest form of politics and this is one of them. The republican party of Illinois should openly censor Keyes and demand a retraction.

On Feb 28 I posted on the issue of G-d and politics and ended it with this.
Now why am I upset, besides being a Mormon, I hate lowlifes, even good Mormons, that use G-d as a tool to beat you over the head. I don't care if it is saving whales or an old building. You say to me "G-d would want this" is the most likely thing to get me to say "G-d wants me to knee you hard in the groin"
I have not thought heavy on the subject of the ID's and probably will not for a bit.
Leave G-d out of the politics and I will respect you.

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Blogspot is being a pain tonight. May just move to another system.
So damned sick of it.

I honestly did not think the story about the School massacre could get any worse. I mean how could the piles of bodies get any worse? I was so damn wrong. Those evil fanatical bastards did more then kill children and destroy the heart of a community. They had to show how cold blooded and powerful they were. There now is reports they raped some of the children. Children God damnit!!!
I almost want to avoid stories about the whole thing. What could create such evil? Don't even try to blame our foreign policy. That is a bunch of bullshit and a sick self hating reason that the media has hammered into our heads. We have made mistakes and when we did we tried to correct them. They hate because there is nothing else for them to do in their sad sick lives. There is an old badly used saying of "kill them all and let God sort them out". I feel like that today. Hell. I have felt like that ever since I saw the rows and rows of bodies laid out in body bags. They were so small and they were killed by evil.
Well lets go kill them now.
Fat shit Michael Moore likes to ask "would you send your child to Iraq". No. I would not. If I had a child he would see the pictures and want to go himself and hunt them down because no one with a soul could see those pictures and not want righteous revenge for every child there. So for everyone who says that we should talk to them and try to work out a peace deal I say screw you(SEE NOTE).

ADDED NOTE: The last line has now been shone to be prophetic.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has slammed Western critics who called on the Russian premier to hold talks with Chechen separatists in the wake of the Beslan hostage siege.

He told reporters: "Why don't you meet Osama bin Laden, invite him to Brussels or to the White House and engage in talks, ask him what he wants and give it to him so he leaves you in peace?

To damn lazy

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