Those dastardly rascals of Land Rovers, Tea and crumpits are terrified of the prospects of Americans having free use of their Constitutional rights! They have finally figured out that Florida is nothing but a gigantic trap to lure foreigners so we can legally shoot them!
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A scare scheme is up with ads like the one above to warn tourists to Florida that they may be legally shot by locals. What the law actually says is that citizens may shoot if it is determined that they are under threat from the individual. You know, that LAW ABIDING citizens of the United States are smart enough to determine ON THEIR OWN if they are in danger from someone. Nevermind that most gun crime is committed by individuals wielding guns acquired illegally and without a permit... but I digress!

Because we all know how intimidating and hostile the Brits are (ahem, sarcasm), the Florida Department of Tourism recommends the following techniques to British tourists:
1) Do not wear flower shirts, shorts, and black socks.
2) Make use of tanning facilities prior to arriving so your pasty sun-deprived skin won't be a giveaway
3) We call them Fries, NOT CHIPS.
4) Be seen drinking coffee-at least have an empty starbuck cup with you at all times
5) If asked, tell them you are from Australia and you should be ok because Americans love Outback steakhouse so much!

It's a good thing they are putting out this ad. I hide under my blanket everytime I see Tony Blair because he is SO SCARY!

How To Change The World

We don't make a difference by naysaying, pointing fingers or legislation. The real differences come from individuals with big ideas. Bell, Edison, Walton, Jobs: individuals with ideas that have impacted and changed people's lives. (No, Gore did NOT invent the internet...)

I think we are seeing someone else with the same goal in Nicholas Negroponte, a man who wants to mass produce a $100 laptop.
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This laptop would be made of hard rubber and virtually indestructable. Feature linux as OS (it's free) have a 500mhz processor (functional and cheap) and even have a built-in hand crank for manual power when electricity isn't available!

Of course the visionary is missing some of the side-effects of his invention. However
  • Decript Old Fool
  • has pointed those out so well that I don't have to. My personal favorite side effects 1) is the idea that the big boys would have to scramble to cheapen their expensive laptops and 2) access to world news and blogs for oppressed peoples. Wonder what "unhealthy" news some peoples might access with this technology?


    Roberts Sworn In

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    Let's just pray he is as straight-laced constitutionalist as he seems to be. Knowing that he is an adoptive father like me is a big reassurance that his perspective is more mature than the average joe.


    Tazers & Death: Patrick Lee

    This man died in the hospital in Nashville, TN this past week:
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    How did this happen? Well, if you listen to the grieving parents and friends it is because the police used their tazers on him between 8-14 times depending on who tells the story. NEVERMIND that something like 99% of people that tazers are used on are instantly incapacitated on the first shot.

    I do feel some empathy for the parents. However, their son was high on drugs and alcohol in a public place and started to get belligerent. The police did not give him illegal drugs. The police did not put him in public. The police only responded to a disturbance call instigated by the actions of the then-intoxicated-now-deceased individual.

    It is easier to blame someone else for your problems then to accept responsibility or the truth. Patrick Lee was not forced to acquire and take drugs and then act out in public. By definition of being intoxicated and belligerent he was no longer innocent of violating the law.

    The police did their jobs and used tools available to subdue this menace before he brought harm or death to someone else's son or daughter. IF Patrick Lee had been attcked and later died from injuries inflicted by someone that the police had FAILED to properly subdue what would the family's response be?

    I did not know this man. I really don't care what kind of person his "momma thought he was"! I do know that what he did was wrong and his choices led to his death.

    The truth that he was an idiot and it cost him his life is a difficult pill to swallow for his family. To them I would say to drop the lawsuit, and let him rest in peace. It is time to grieve and move on. Your lawyer is getting entirely too much TV coverage (I'm sure he is charging you by the hour for it).


    Kindergarten Homosexual Indoctrination

  • Quote:
  • "Last April, as reported by LifeSiteNews.com, one parent of a six-year-old kindergartner, David Parker, was arrested, allegedly for “trespassing at his son'’s elementary school while attending a scheduled meeting with the principal and the city’s Director of Education. He had arranged a meeting to object to the homosexual curriculum materials and discussions his son was subjected to in his kindergarten class."
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  • Furthermore:

  • Parker has been banned from school grounds including being prohibited from picking up and dropping off his child for class!

    There are several important questions here:
    1) What rights are afforded parents of children in public schools?
    arranged a meeting to object to the homosexual curriculum materials and discussions his son was subjected to in his kindergarten class.
    2) Is Homosexuality a sex-related issue?
    The Superintendent(writes) differences in sexual orientation . . . do not trigger the notice and opt out provisions of Section 32A.” The opt-out provision, 32A, maintains that parents be notified if a school teach on human sexual issues.”
    3) Can the state detain a parent for attempting to enforce their parental rights?
    Parker was arrested for trespassing

    5) Is it CONSTITUTIONAL to violate Mr. Parker's right to
  • VOTE?

  • (As Mr. Parker is banned from ALL school grounds, which are his local polling place, the repercussions of the further violation of his Constitutional rights should thunder like an atomic blast throughout the country.)

    There is no indication in this story that Mr. Parker was anything other than peaceful in his attempt to get information regarding the teaching of homosexual acceptance. He was arrested for refusing to leave and held overnight.

    While some might say that being "against the teaching of acceptance" means I am a hate monger, that is the omission of truth and illogical. To clarify: I do not hate homosexuals but their activity is still wrong. However the material being taught to these kindergarteners says that it is ok to be homosexual. The nuance of dividing the person from the activity is better handled in the home rather than by public employees of unknown background or motive. What my objection, and I'm sure Mr. Parker would agree, is having an issue contrary to my religious beliefs taught to my children outside of my presence.

    Here are some excerpts from the material in question:
    "A family can be made up in many different ways" and includes this text:
    "Laura and Kyle live with their two moms, Joyce and Emily, and a poodle named Daisy. It takes all four of them to give Daisy her bath."
    Another illustrated page says:
    "Robin's family is made up of her dad, Clifford, her dad's partner, Henry, and Robin's cat, Sassy. Clifford and Henry take turns making dinner for their family."

    Telling a 6-year old it is ok then having them come home and the parent say it is not ok creates a conflict of authority between parent and state. That is unacceptable. The state does not have the right to usurp ANY parental authority when abuse and neglect are NOT present. This instance involving Mr. Parker clearly shows the state abusing its power in the influence of his household. In their defense, the Superintendent Paul B. Ash, Ph.D, has written that the State Dept. of Education has determined what constitutes a conflict of the statute regarding instruction of sex-related material.

    While some might be surprised that the processes have evolved to this point, I don't think ANYONE is surprised that this happened in Massachuetts (aka: The People's Republic of Mass.)

    To carry the argument one step further and address concerns about Christians being pro-active in government. This is the result of an anti-Christian government: a father is arrested for asserting his parental rights. A Christian based influence in government would not restrict rights as this lack of morality already has.



  • Commies IX: Insight, Disney, Hackers and Sattelite War

    Chinese Paranoia alert:

    Over the past 60 days I've collected a few more insights into our future aggressors China.
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  • Insight into the Chinese Government thinking

  • Essentially the Chinese government wants to determine what the people should and should not know in the news. "Healthy" is an indicitive choice of words in that it represents a view of what "unhealthy" is to the Chinese government: an informed populace. Scary, no? Those of you who think our news is "in bed with" or "drinking the kool-aid" of the adminstration should see what the Chinese do with the internet and news.

  • Disney China opened.

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    There is something distinctly wrong with this that I can't quite put my finger on. At the same time, it would be hard to disguise the fact that Disney world is a concept born of a capatilistic country with lots of free time, surplus income, and creativity. I am not entirely sure why the Chinese would allow this into their country?

  • Titan Rain hackers

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    Organized Chinese hackers are caught red-handed (love that pun!) attacking US computers with top-secret information. Don't think for one moment that is the act of a country that is not hostile to our interests. Here is more information from
  • techtv

  • Sattelite Warfare:
    We have been seeing reports buried between hurricanes about anti-satellite weapons and the Bush administration's withdrawal from the treaty that
  • prohibited
  • space-based weapons. What you might not have heard is that one company has lost two satellites within 2 months of each other at the beginning of the year. The exact same "total electrical failure" happened on both satellites.

    The scary thing is that these units while operated by
  • Intelsat
  • were built by two different companies: Lockheed built one and Loral built the other. Because of the nature of the similarities in the failures combined with the fact that the two satellites were not of a common build, a logical conclusion could be they were attacked by the same unknown phenomenon (ahem, "weapon").

    If you mix in some paranoia and read between the lines, it looks like we as a country KNOW that someone is field-testing some anti-satellite weapon. Admittedly, I have very few facts to stand on here, but the news is at best interesting, at worst a foreboding.



  • ESCAPED...

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    Security video of the team's escape recorded this:
    "EEqueea Sqkeeke EEqtk-ik-ik" which has been translated by the military computers as "stepping out for fresh fish, I'll be back."

    Here is a rundown how the escape of these WFDs (Weapons of Fish Digestion) fits into the current news cycle:
    It is currently unclear what role the dolphins have played in Iraq.
    The DAILY KOS reports that Vice President Cheney has been linked financially to Star-Kist however it is currently unclear if there was any monetary benefit to the VP in the Dolphin training.
    Cindy Sheehan is reported to be blaming president Bush for the Dolphin's escape, and is planning a tuna-free vigil.
    Pending focus group study of what to say, Hillary Rodham Clinton has refused comment.
    Supreme Court Justice Roberts has thus far said nothing on his stance regarding the dolphins escape pending legal action.

    You just can't make this stuff up!


    Up Hillary's Sleeve?

    Hillary Clinton has just released that she will not vote to confirm Roberts for the Supreme Court's Chief Justice slot.
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    "because I think he is far more likely to vote the views he expressed in his legal writings, I cannot give my consent to his confirmation and will, therefore, vote against his confirmation. My desire to maintain the already fragile Supreme Court majority for civil rights, voting rights and women's rights outweigh the respect I have for Judge Roberts's intellect, character, and legal skills."DRUDGE REPORT FLASH THURS SEPT 22 18:54:35

    I can only surmise that there is some kind of focus group research that she has to tell her that she can still be somewhat moderate/conservative for her likely bid for the White House in spite of voting against Roberts. Like her husband before her, Hillary doesn't make a move this serious without testing the waters or putting her finger up to see how the wind is blowing.

    So here is the question: how is she going to live it down or downplay it as a part of her record? Is she gambling that he will do something as a sitting judge that will make her comment sound prophetic? Perhaps she would lose too much in her base if she did vote for him but knows he will get in regardless of how she votes?

    Sometimes it can be very complicated with a Clinton. Maybe that last one is the answer.

    Byrd Is actually Right?

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    Apparently I agree with Robert Byrd, the esteemed Democratic representative from the state of West Virginia. This comes a quite a surprise to me! Byrd is shocked at the lack of knowledge about the constitution and bill of rights within our liberally educated populace.

    It would seem that these previous 30 years of liberal experimentation of teaching 3+2 is 6 because we don't want to damage self esteem, combined with focus on acceptance that it's ok for Heather to have two mommies and a program of promoting world culture while ignoring regional values and issues has finally taken its toll.

    Few Americans surveyed could list their rights in the Bill of Rights. 75% of fourth graders could not correctly answer the 3 branches of Government question nor identify which document their government was based on in a mulitiple choice selection. Scary.

    Failure to know one's rights is the first step toward losing them.

    While agreement about the crisis is met, his solution was to insert wording into an Education funding bill requiring all institutions that receive education to teach the Constitution on a special day each year. Federally mandating the repair of the Federally broken education system? One day per year for the fix? I guess we can't agree on everything, but that brief moment shows there is still hope.

    Funny how this can also be seen as another argument for school vouchers!


    Pondering Irony

    Today as I was driving back from lunch I heard on NPR something about September 22 being park-your-car and use mass transit day, or maybe it was park-your-car and carpool or bicycle or walk day.

    Something like that.

    I thought it was a good idea. I didn't hear the end of the story as I turned off the truck before it was over.


    Fly Me to the Moon, For Only 100 Billion...

    Sinatra crooned it, Kennedy pledged it, and the US of A did it. Now apparently the plans are up to do it again, for $100 billion? The fact that NASA is planning on using Shuttle components (the best of 1970's technology folks!) to get this accomplished tells me everything I need to know.
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    Um, thank you no! NASA is still playing with derivatives of 8-track technology when the rest of us are debating the move from DVD to all-digital online storage!

    From a neocon that may sound downright odd but here is why:
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    SpaceShipOne succeeded in a private space competition to be the first low-orbit repeat trip within a two-week turnaround. Private competition PROMOTES efficiency and creativity.

    Ok, I know that we got velcro, duct tape, satellite television, cell phones, video games and nannites (joke) from the first space race. Yes we gained pride and secondary scientific benefits that are at best difficult to measure in terms of dollar value. I'm just saying for way less than $100 BILLION we could get some Richard Branson nut to fund the project to build something that is functional, safe, and easily replicated into a commercial format.

    It worked for the low-orbit race. Why not for the Moon? Mars? Alpha-Centauri? Dangle 10% of that projected cost in front of the private sector as a new X prize and watch the investment soar!

    Swami's Rita Prediction

    Now it is time for a little prediction so I'll put on my Swami hat:
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    1)Houston will be ravaged by Rita at category 4 or higher
    2)The police won't quit working
    3)There won't be large scale looting
    4)Houston's poor population will not say that they see the evacuation as an opportunity to "get some for themselves"
    5)Neighbors will help first, rather than shoot first.
    6)There won't be any dead guys in lawn chairs for 3 days
    7)The state won't be griping (or cussing, or crying) about FEMA's response because the Texans know how to take care of themselves.

    I can safely predict this because Houston officials have PRACTICED their PLAN for this situation. Jee, and Houston isn't even below sea level! How intelligent of them!

    The only thing I am truly worried about is the ability of major insurance companies to meet this back-to-back financial hit of property claims. That is something that should scare all of us more than an extra fifty-cents per gallon in gas.


    Muslims, Jews, Christians: What's The Difference?

    As a younger man I looked at Muslims, Jews and Christians (M/J/C) and thought: Hey, it's all the same! Same Abraham, Same God, and Jesus was a Jew who is mentioned in the Koran!

    Let's all hold hands and sing Kumbuyah. Yet these guys persist in blowing up themselves against Jews and Christians! What's the deal?

    While I am not a Biblical scholar, I have done some research and can put this in perspective from a very down to earth kind of understanding. My primary focus here is on the Muslim point against that of the history of the Jews and Christians and how they tie together. I'll focus on Muslim theology in the following article.

    There are three parts here:
    1) To clarify the convoluted politics that went on in Abraham's family, I'll water it down in laymans terms: Everybody (M/J/C) agrees up to Abraham and his sons. The split comes in the youngest sons of Abraham: Ishmael and Isaac. Isaac was the lineage to Jesus. Ishmael and his mother Hagga (the maid, NOT of Sarah Abraham's wife) were cast out. Ishmael's children became powerful in the middle east (Gen 21:9-21).

    We lose the Muslims here. They believe that Ishmael is the chosen one, although a clear reading of history shows that to be false.

    2) The Jews believe that a savior is coming. They still honor the laws of Abraham. The problem is that of the 126 or so (I forget the exact number) of prophecies regarding the savior, Jesus fufills each and every one of them. The Jews have a perception of a different kind of salvation not invovling the relationship of self to God.

    We lose the Jews here. However the New Testament is very clear that God still loves the Jews and favors them even though they are following under what we Christians call the "old" Law.

    3) Then there is Jesus. Jesus was a man who did live and did many great things according to M/J/C. The problem is the logical quesion: Jesus is either who he said he was
    Matthew 16:15-20: The Christ, with the keys of the church
    John 5: 16-30: Son empowered and sent by the Father to act and be the Judge
    ...or he is insane. Prophets inspired by God do not occasionally make false proclamations! Either what they say is true or false. If false, they aren't prophets. Especially when it comes to something as extraordinary as calling oneself GOD!

    Muslim thinkers say that Jesus was a great prophet who avoided the crucifixion. This is a logical impossibility as men who are truly prophets do not make assertions of diety. It would also contradict the mission of Jesus to sacrifice his sinless life to cover the sins of the rest of us and act as our redeemer. To show the inconsistencies of the Koran fully I'm going to make a separate article on what the Koran says of Jesus.

    Jesus according to ISLAM

    This is meant as a follow up to "Muslims, Jews and Christians: What's the Difference?"

    I have already pointed out that the Old Testament has many prophecies fufilled in Jesus. We have already demonstrated that Jesus cannot just be a prophet, because a prophet who calls himself a diety would cross the line into either being who he says he is OR a lunatic. John 13:13- "You call me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am." Jesus quoted as saying that he is in fact LORD.

    Now, IF I were to make a logical argument regarding Islam and Jesus, I would first accept the Koran as a common text .

    By agreeing to meet on the Muslim field of thought I can then point out these inconsistencies which further prove what Islam says of Jesus:

    Surat al-Tahrim 66:12- "And Mary, daughter of 'Imran, whose body was chaste, therefore We breathed therein something of Our Spirit. And she put faith in the words of her Lord and His Scriptures, and was of the obedient." The Koran asserts Jesus was born of a virgin.

    Surat as-Imran 3:49: quoting Jesus "And I announce unto you what ye eat and what ye store up in your houses. Lo! herein verily is a portent for you, if ye are to be believers" Muslim scholars believe that Jesus had miraculous powers of discernment even as a child.

    Surat al-Imran 3:49"I heal him who was born blind, and the leper, and I raise the dead, by Allah's leave" Jesus empowered by God to heal and raise from the dead

    Surat Zukhruf 43:57,61
    "And Lo! verily there is knowledge of the Hour. So doubt ye not concerning it, but follow ME. This is the right path." Jesus proclaims to know the hour of judgment Day.

    Surat al-Nisa 4:171 "The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was only a messenger of Allah, and HIS word which HE conveyed unto Mary, and a Spirit from HIM." Jesus is God's living word.

    Surat al-Imran 3:45 "(And remember) when the angels said: O Mary! Lo! Allah giveth the glad tidings of a word from HIM, whose name is the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, illustrious in the world and the Hereafter, and one of those brought near (unto Allah)." The Koran acknowledges Jesus of Nazareth as the only Messiah of God.

    Compare Koranic references of Jesus to Muhammad:
    Jesus is: / / Muhammad is
    alpha and omega / / -a messenger
    amen / / -a preacher
    ancient of days / / -a Warner
    bread of life / / -Son of Abd Allah
    conqueror / / -Evangelist
    counselor / / -an Apostle
    David's Son
    Door to Heaven
    Eternal Life
    Friend of Sinners
    First and Last
    God our Savior
    Good Shepherd
    Holy One of God
    Hope of Glory
    I AM
    Image of the Invisible God
    Judge of the living and dead
    King Eternal
    Mighty God
    Prince of Peace
    Word of God
    Word Made Flesh

    I am not creating anything new. I am merely asserting what Dr. Anis A Shorrosh has researched from what is written in the book that the Muslims call Holy. He is a Palestinian-Arab and Christian who grew up with Muslims in East Jerusalem (it used to be East Jerusalem but with the changing times there who knows?). Every single component of this argument is from his book ISLAM REVEALED.

    There are no consistencies in my Bible regarding Jesus. True Islamic scholars must bend and twist to an unbelievable angle to continue to deny Jesus and uphold Muhammad. Nothing I have written here is contray to the Koran, it is all quoted.

    (When I have more time I'll show you how similar the Mormons are to the Muslims, now that one will blow your mind!)


    Farrahkan The Nut

    Pundits everywhere should love it whenever Louis Farrakhan graces the media with his thoughts.
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    His current colorful fiction is that the Corp of engineers blew up levees in an effort to target black homes. Previous colorful fiction includes the Armageddon against white people that was supposed to happen in 1970, the "forty spaceships shaped as wheels that follow him everywhere he goes." Perhaps his most famous one is his "UFO abduction" back in 1996 where he flew in a circular ship up to a mother ship 40 miles over the Earth and met with a dead guy and...

    When pressed by Ted Koppell on Nightline regarding this looney comment, Farrakhan defended and asserted the veracity of his statement. He also added that the "gov'mint" knows about those ships and that movie made a lot of money on them (Independence Day).

    Um, right.

    For those of you who say he isn't dangerous please recall his
  • "World Friendship Tour"
  • better known as "Kill Christians and I'll come see you" tour of Iran, Iraq, Lybia, Nigera and the Sudan.

    Somebody please get this guy back on his meds!!!!

    Mickey-Mousing with Islam, Truth & Michael Graham

    I have been re-working this post about the truths of Islam as revealed through this priest being a smart ass. In the mean time this topic has bridged a second related story regarding truth being ignored by Disney-ABC. Here is the bulk of the original research:

    From the MERMI project, a group dedicated to watching TV from the Muslim nut cases and making sure their actual words are heard. Let me share with you this first piece from Coptic Priest
  • Zakariya Boutrus:

  • "The viewers may say, "Is this priest crazy, or what? These demands could only be made by an insane man... To strike out Koranic verses... Does this make any sense? What is he going on about?" OK, if you cannot change (the Koran), why are you asking us to change our beliefs? Why do you demand that we say what you say, or else - the sword?"

    If you read all the way through-and you should because it's short- you realize he's being a huge wise-ass about what the Koran actually says. In other words, it does say to kill the infidel Christians, it does say to attack the Jews, it does say to make war on those who do not agree that Allah is the one. He also says that Muhammed was permitted to rape or screw any woman he pleased. What did the very next exchange mean:
    "Interviewer: We know that the Prophet is allowed what others are not.
    Boutrus: Why? Is he made of different stuff than the rest of mankind?"

    That rule about what woman a man wants to be with should be applied to any Muslim man...are they seriously talking about that? Yes because that's what the Koran says!

    Then MERMI reports quotes from Director of the Al-Maqreze Centre for Historical Studies,
  • Hani Al-Siba'i:

  • "Siba'i I say that Islam forbids the killing of innocent people in London, Egypt, America, and anywhere in the world. I am surprised by the multitude of fatwas that are issued, ruling that Islam "prohibits the killing of the innocent." This goes without saying."

    These two different "leaders of the faith" are talking from the same book? Now don't even go there about how "I have fellow Christian nuts out there" because there aren't any true Christians who advocate murder. Yes even with brother Pat Robertson who lost control over his tongue the other day, and these
  • non-Jesus nutcases
  • in Kansas. Those actions are not CHRIST-LIKE and therefore UN-CHRISTIAN! Unfortunately the same definitively cannot be said for Islam. Apparently you can kill a Christian and take someone else's wife and still be a good Muslim!

    When speaking about Islam it is difficult to deny the truths of this Copotic Priest. However, ABC-Disney have done just that with their firing of
  • Michael Graham from 630 WMAL.
  • Mike does say that "moderate Islamics" are owed an apologly. The unfortunate truth is that they are just deceived as the Westborough Church of Topeka Kansas is.

    It's all related you know: (JWR ARTICLE LINKS)
  • Gaza

  • Politics

  • and Michael Graham's not-nearly-hard enough truth. The sad thing is that the truth is unpopular because it means we have to say someone is right and someone else is wrong. That requires "righteousness" on somebody's part. Or as Diane West wrote so eloquently linked in the "politics" section above: "In America today, it is considered better to cut the mike, seeking not the truth, but rather a kind of security from the truth."

    Unfortunately righeteousness & truth ain't cool.


    KimJong, Part Time Comic

    As I read the article linked in the title from Newsmax I can almost picture his grating voice as characterized in that stupid puppet movie:
    "We want Clinton deal reactor trade and promise not to use it to make weapons!"
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    This guy is genuinely funny for a madman! I wonder if anyone actually believes him?

    (Oh BTW: Team America would have been a clever movie if it weren't for the utterly useless profanity. I might have even finished watching it past the Michael Moore suicide bomb scene.)

    Bin Laden: An Analysis

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    Linked in the title is a press release about a new book on Bin Laden.

    You might be surprised to hear that I am glad to see Bin Laden's combined speeches and writings put into a text for study. My reason is simple: Bin Laden is the enemy, and it is wise to know him. By knowing Bin Laden, we can hope to grasp an understanding of those like him.

    Understanding your enemy is the key to defeating him. Sun Tzu said more along the lines of "understanding self and understanding enemy" so it might be more accurate to say this book is half of the equation.

    Michigan, Partial Birth, and Unchecked Dictators


    One individual has used his authority over half a million people to impose laws allowing murder. Anywhere else that would be called at best a dictator, at worst a crime against humanity. However it's happening here in the USA.

    U.S. District Court Judge Denise Page Hood has overturned the Michigan House, Senate and 460,000 voters democratic wishes saying the law is unconstitutional. Once you understand this fact then you start to see why Robert's stance of "umpire" not player is so important to Christians when it comes to the supreme court.

    I will step back a moment and admit that I have no idea what the wording is that brought him to this conclusion. I do know that the law was intended to stop the stretching of the birth canal and shoving a pair of scissors to cut out the "tissue" chunk by chunk or the sliding of the head down the canal for brain removal- that's partial birth abortion. I would hazard a logical guess that the wording was intended to permit the continued use of "more traditional" (the "flowbie" vacuum-razorblade version) abortions.
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    SAMUEL'S HAND: eligible for partial birth- and why it should be outlawed!

    In a perfect world, I would not ban abortions per say. I would simply write a law that is the logical corollary to existing statutes: if death is determined by brain activity absence ergo life must be determined by the presence of brain activity. IF my fellow anti-abortionists would join me in this simple quest there would be great difficulty fighting the truth of it from any side.

    If Terri Schaivo could be killed because of lack of brain function then anyone with brain function should not be killed. Wouldn't that make a nice tribute to Schaivo's memory?


    Under God- Again?

    THEY'RE BACK! The same nutcases from sunny California who made the suit that their child was being harmed by having to recite the words "under God" in the pledge have succeeded in getting the court to block the pledge in 3 districts where the new harmed children reside.
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    To Sacramento atheist Michael Newdow: It is my firm belief that your children and those of your clients are in fact being harmed by being exposed to federal and state references to GOD. With that in mind, you may turn over all Federal documents or tokens referring to God to me. Since many denominations of US currency refer to GOD I would be less than diligent in my attempts to assist the children you represent if I did not have you relinquish the ownership of all the cash you have.
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    To save you from checking each denomination and possibly exposing yourself to God, just send it all to me. I'll send back the pennies and dollars that do not have GOD written on them.

    FEMA: Equal Opportunity Bungler

    To any liberals out there, you need to read Thomas Sowell's piece from JWR on how FEMA and the "gov'mint" consistently fail where private sources are much more efficient.


    Thank you AGAIN to
  • Michelle Malkin and JWR
  • for looking at what is going on outside of Katrina Aid. I am SHOCKED at the imagery of this memorial. Here is a concept drawing:
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    What are they trying to do? Appease Muslims so they won't hate us or honor Mark Beamon and the sacrifices of those ordinary Americans on the plane who fought back against fascist killers? Theirs was a sacrifice of action and a payment of blood to stop terrorism. Why do we need the symbol of the crescent more common to the terrorists than to those supposedly honored?

    The reasonable conclusion upon first examination would be that this memorial is for the terrorists, not the Americans. I would liken it to making a Jewish memorial in the shape of a Swastika.

    Email your comments here: FLNI_Superintendent@nps.gov


    Synthetic Oil VS. Regular

    I bought my used Montero off eBay and got 18.1 mpg religiously till I got my first oil change.
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    That's when I remembered that the seller had told me he changes with synthetic oil. Well, I realized it when my mileage dropped to 16.5 mpg after that change. It is hovering about 1.5 mpg less now with no other changes. Tire pressure is constant, driving habits unchanged, weather the same, etc.

    I did some research and found this Mobile 1 oil that guarantees 15,000 miles till the next oil change. I am NOT a mechanic or even that handy, but I can use a calculator. Here's my math question:

    If I drive 30,000 miles and change my oil twice with synthetic or 10 times with regular off the shelf oil, which one costs more (or if I do the regular oil on 6 intervals)? Assume 5 quarts of oil at $5.99 per quart for the 15k mobile 1 and $1.50 per quart for regular oil. Also assume a special filter for $12 for the mobile 1, a regular filter $8 for the other at each change. The cost of labor & disposal SHOULD NOT BE DIFFERENT so call it $12 per change.

    Cost of servicing on 30,000 miles:
    Mobile Synthetic Extended: $108.00 / gallons gas: 1657.48
    Cheap oil every 3000 miles: $275.00 / gallons gas: 1779.36
    Cheap oil every 5000 miles: $165.00 / (assume same as 3k)

    If you average 1.5 mpg better with the synthetic: add $300 savings to that difference!

    I am shocked at the savings using the high mileage synthetic! Eliminating the extra changes is a huge difference! If you only get 1 mpg better fuel that would be $200 savings! Well worth less effort for less frequent changes. IF you try another synthetic with a lower mileage you would still see a big difference if you got the fuel savings.

    To get these savings, you'll have to do your homework. To be safe: buy the oil yourself and take it to a mechanic. Those quick lube places really do a number on charging for the synthetic changes and you don't even know if they really did put the synthetic in.

    Let me know if it works for you?

    Interesting reading:
  • HERE
  • 9.10.2005

    THIS is disgusting

    How can people say that Republicans are disgusting and reprehensible when we clearly see Democrats writing down how to use this tragedy for political gain?


    GM the Dinosaur

    Anyone wondering out there about the following question: how long does it take GM to counter a new idea? With the reaction times of frozen maple syrup, General Motors has (proudly) intorduced the HHR:
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    Gee, that looks suspiciously like the PT Cruiser (below):
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    Chrysler has had these things out for what, 5 years or more? I'll withhold all other commentary at this point and let you figure out why GM is tanking.


    FINALLY! AN in-depth searing history of the atrocities committed by the EVIL REPUBLICAN PARTY. You know, that bunch of white guys that hate black people and wanted to drown New Orleans.

    A big "how can we ever thank you stranger" to the
  • Lone Ranger
  • for providing us with this site, and making the blog world safer to for all those republicans out there. Hey Tonto, click the title and read the charges please.

    Hi-ho Silver!

    BUSH-BLANCO catch 22

    "Can you imagine how it would have been perceived if a president of the United States of one party had pre-emptively taken from the female governor of another party the command and control of her forces, unless the security situation made it completely clear that she was unable to effectively execute her command authority and that lawlessness was the inevitable result?" asked one senior administration official, who spoke anonymously because the talks were confidential. NYT, linked in title

    For those of you who don't know, like Pierce Brosnan, Kayne West, anyone not living in the USA... the system works like this:

    Federal>>>>>>>>> PERIOD. NOT the other way around. Mayor Nagen, Governor Blanco and President Bush. The fact that the totally stupid and inept leaders of Louisiana happen to also be of the democratic party further complicated action on the federal part.

    Jeez this is getting old!


    Abstinence CAN'T POSSIBLY WORK!

    Reader instructions: first scrunch up your shoulders and puff up your chest. Next scrunch down your eye brows to a triangle pointing at your nose. Now clear your throat and utilize Sam the Bald Eagle newscaster (from the old Muppet Show) type voice and read this article's quote about Earl Pike, director of the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland:
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    "Critics, unsurprisingly took the study’s findings to task, calling them disturbing. Pike stated that the government should curtail funding until a more rigorous, long term study proved that the programs work. "I wouldn't be proud to promote that abstinence programs educate young people to avoid proven methods like condoms that we know reduce risk and save lives," Pike said."

    Ok, you can relax your face and posture. Let's see, prelim study successful. So Mr. Pike says cut the funding to the program and then study it for a few more years because rubbers during teen sex work to save lives.

    Ok. Got that.

    As you do so note that Mr. Pike's income is dependent upon there being an AIDS problem.
    Did that soak in yet? Good. Now read it again and tell me how this government leech got someone to stick a microphone in his belly-button so they could reach his mouth which is firmly in his colon with the rest of his head.


    HOW DISINGENUOUS IS THIS GUY? If he really wants AIDS to stop the first place is to promote an end to out-of-wedlock sex. Stop it there and then you go to the blood supply and dirty needles. Jee Pike, if we stop AIDS in Cleveland what would you do for work? Is that your main concern?

    Pike, the corollary to your statement is this: "As head of the greater Cleveland AIDS task force we want kids to use condoms and have sex. We want to cut the funding of what appears to be a successful program where we would dare suggest they wouldn't have sex."

    The best quote from the article is a jab right back at you Pike:
    "Globally, statistical evidence in Africa seems to support the findings of the Cleveland study. Uganda, which promotes abstinence-before-marriage programs has the lowest reported cases of AIDS/HIV while Botswana, a country that actively promotes condoms, has the highest rates."

    Ray Nagen: Pride goeth before the flood?

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    A question for soon-to-be former mayor Nagen of New Orleans: what did you mean when you said you wanted Greyhound buses in the interview transcript liked in the title? Did you mean that you needed them in addition to school buses? Or did you mean that you didn't want to use those utilitarian buses and wanted more luxury for your constituents? Is that why you ignored the evacuation plan and did not utilize your resources- for pride?

    Image hosted by Photobucket.comHeck, pictures are worth 1000 words, and since the municipal buses are parked under water I guess you were too proud to put your people on anything less than the Grehounds that still haven't shown up. I am quite sure the relatives of the drowned appreciate you holding out for something better. Explain how you were holding out for their benefit?

    To ambulance chasing Louisiana lawyers: the suit should read Ray Nagen, Mayor as the first in line. Or should it be Governor Kathleen Blanco then Mayor Ray?


    I am not given to celebrity anything, just in case this is your first time seeing my blog. Even if you could care less here is some information you need to know:

    First click the title. This is an interview with Matthew McConaughey (Sahara, Sweet Home Alabama, A Time To Kill) who is working in the trenches with hurricane survivors. He is a class act and seems to have his head on straight worrying about the people instead of blame. At this point I haven't heard anything negative from him and to me that is a sign of class(note to Brosnan).

    Next, you may have heard that his most recent part on DVD is Sahara.
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    What you may not know is that the movie is based on one of a series of books by Clive Cussler. The significance is that Cussler takes his earnings from book sales, and presumably from SAHARA sales, and uses them to fund searches for shipwrecks, usually of historical significance. The ones he finds are then turned over to state officials, historical societies or whomever should have it. This guy is a class act just like Matthew.

    Since you likely won't hear about both of these facts about a couple of class-act men in many other places I thought I would print them here.

    As an aside, the Cussler books are for fun. I wouldn't call them classics, but I have enjoyed reading the Dirk Pitt adventures and would recommend them.

    Blanco's Nightmares

    The blogosphere has done an excellent job of nailing down what the facts are regarding the "Katrina Debacle", it looks like the self-evident truths are starting to hit the "mainstream" media and the axe is headed toward the governor.
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    ABC news has just released a story that it looks as if the blame will come down on Democratic Governor Kathleen Blanco. I heard a rumor she met with Bush on Air Force One prior to the disaster and said that she needed "24 hrs to think about it" (mandatory evacuation).

    Memo to Kathleen: you will end up being the scapegoat. In all fairness the significant percentage of folks who perished might not have evacuated even if the buses had been called up by your office and the city's mayor. Also the local police weren't supposed to up-and-quit when the excrement hit the climate modification device. There will need to be a blood sacrifice for this debacle, and you are becoming the target. The fact that you are a female democrat won't save you from what is coming, so resign now and take the fall gracefully.

    Our Geezer Moment

    My wife was asking me the other day what the "big deal was about those iPods." To be fair, my tech base is decent in that I can edit html, rip (and burn)a DVD, post my pics online and sell on eBay. I've downloaded about 20 songs, mostly comedy bits from Foxworthy and Engvall. Ask me what is cool and I'll say my surround sound system, but that is 1990's.

    Then I got this email from
  • eCost
  • (whom I do recommend for excellent service, and they happen to be Tennessee based so the service shouldn't surprise anyone) about mini-iPods and accessories. Crap! I had an inkling but didn't know it was this big!

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    The walkman/Atari generation is waking up to geezerhood.

    So I got to thinking about my 3 year old...and I feel like putting my teeth in and telling her about:

    -Being happy that I had a mono turntable for my 45’s
    -That my version of interactive was a book with a record
    -My virtual reality involved spinning around really fast and falling down to watch the sky wiggle
    -If I had 12 songs I liked that they took up the space of a milk crate
    -If I wanted to watch my favorite cartoon I had to wait until next Saturday, which really stunk on Sunday
    -If your TV was in the car that meant it was broken and going to be fixed
    -I was the remote control for the TV, or my sister was
    -Dish was what you ate from, not mounted on the side of the house for TV
    -Messaging my friends involved pencil and paper
    -Emoticons also involved pencil and paper
    -Internet was where the lightning bugs were caught
    -The key board was where mommy hung her car keys
    -If we had a mouse at our house we put out a trap and killed it

    (Let's just leave out the part about crawling around the front seat and chewing on the dashboard of my Grandmother’s Mercury. Some things she just doesn't need to know.)

    I must admit I am glad we both have swing sets and legos- even if her legos look like her favorite cartoon and actually can talk!


    Evolution or Define a Hypothesis

    Define Theory: a statement or set of statements used to explain a phenomena. A theory is generally accepted as valid due to having survived repeated testing.

    Define Hypothesis: a tentative theory about the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena

    Check out the link in the title to the physorg.com, apparently the 4-legged fish was a fluke instead of the missing link?

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    artist's rendering of the ichthyostega

    For those of you against intelligent design (God, creation) it looks like your evolution theory is again proving to be more of a hypothesis. If intelligent design is religious fantasy but evolution is so accurate then please address this major genetic question: why do we have flowers?

    La Qaeda of Islamexica

    You must click the title and read JWR contributor Julia Gorin's funny but somewhat sobering look at the Latino-Muslim trend going on.

    She does a fantastic job of adding a spoon full of sugar in the form of humor to the harsh truths of our world. Check out her
  • past columns too!
  • 9.06.2005

    Hey Pierce: SHUT UP AND ACT

    Love your screen presence in just about everything you have done-especially as Bond. I truly think you were born to play it. What were they thinking when Dalton was in the spot? Jeez!
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    However, I don't ask Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse or Michael Moore to pontificate politically for me so just shut up and act. Is that too much for you actor types to handle? Either run for office and put your (ahem) on the line or keep it to yourself.

    And that goes for the rest of y'all left coasters from the heart of flyover country (volunteer section).

    Big Easy Blame Game: Excuse to attack Bush

    The article linked in the title is setting me off: some refuse to leave? It got me to thinking about all the blame being thrown at Bush from individuals, politicians and hollywood loudmouths. Let's analyze shall we:

    It's not the individual who refuses to leave in spite of mandatory evacuation notices fault. (I have some interesting pictures related to those too poor to have transportation below). It must be Bush's fault that they refused to leave, and some still refuse even with sewage water up to their knees in their homes!

    Nevermind that newspaper headline and local media declarations that said residents would be
  • on their own
  • if they didn't leave.

    It's not the mayor's fault that the evacuation plan wasn't followed... the part about utilizing
  • city operated buses
  • to evacuate those who could not drive themselves.
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    City buses underwater (less than a mile from the dome!)
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    City school buses, underwater

    The "official" disaster plan of the local and state emergency management has had those very words on
  • page II-2 section 5
  • since way back in January 2000. I wonder if their mayor has even READ this document? After reading it I think might have seen the first page and the last 3 pages, but nothing in between. 90% of this document says that the State is responsible, and FEMA is only mentioned as an assistant-coordinator and possible funding source.

    You know, the ones you hear yelling the loudest about help are either
    A) responsible for the horrible execution of evacuation
    B)the same who could have benefited from a free ride? Might be good to make sure the people of Louisiana and this country know who was responsible, and it will surprise them.

    I'm not saying there isn't some stupid red tape and jurisdictional fiefdoms gumming up the relief efforts. I am saying that if the basic plan that was created prior to this event was followed we wouldn't have near this level of problem. The congressional investigation will prove all of this true in the long run.

    >>A big thanks to JunkyardBlog for the links and background!<<


    Technowar: Space

    The question of critics is "should the US be actively planning warfare tactics that involve space based platforms?"

    My answer is: yes, because we are already fighting there!

    We all know that intelligence and information are crucial to winning a battle. Information is easily gained, exchanged or stolen over the internet. Internet access is not limited to land lines and hardwiring, someone out there might be reading this over a dish connection bounced from a satellite. This article points out that with a net connection and a credit card anyone, anywhere can access satellites. Logically the argument is moot because technology has surpassed the question making it superfluous.

    If the US Air Force has the ability to go into an enemy's computer system and prevent them from being able to attack us, shouldn't we be giving them the green light to do so? Say China wanted to launch one of their ICBM's at California. Shouldn't we be able to attack their computer and prevent it from completing the launch? A group of techno-warriors could do it from any T1 line or through advanced satellite technology without risking any lives: of the enemy or America!


    New Orleans, FEMA, and Hastert's logic

    "The Federal Emergency Management Agency lists a hurricane strike on New Orleans as one of the most dire threats to the nation, up there with a large earthquake in California or a terrorist attack on New York City. Even the Red Cross no longer opens hurricane shelters in the city, claiming the risk to its workers is too great."
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    "Joe Suhayda, a retired coastal engineer at Louisiana State University who has spent 30 years studying the coast. Suhayda is sitting in a lakefront restaurant on an actual August afternoon sipping lemonade and talking about the chinks in the city's hurricane armor. "I don't think people realize how precarious we are,"
    Suhayda says, watching sailboats glide by. "Our technology is great when it works. But when it fails, it's going to make things much worse.""

  • source: National Geographic

  • The article was written before Katrina. WHY WASN'T THERE A PLAN WRITTEN AT FEMA TO BE EXECUTED WHEN THIS HAPPENED? Or better yet, is any plan being executed?
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    Back to my focus, Hastert's cold logic cannot be denied:Hastert questioned the wisdom of rebuilding a city below sea level that will continue to be in the path of powerful hurricanes. "It doesn't make sense to me," Hastert told the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago in editions published today. "And it's a question that certainly we should ask."

    Looters: The Big Easy's Shame

    "John Carolan was sitting on his porch in the thick, humid darkness just before midnight Tuesday when three or four young men, one with a knife and another with a machete, stopped in front of his fence and pointed to the generator humming in the front yard. [One] said, 'We want that generator.' [Carolan responded] 'I fired a couple of rounds over their heads with a .357 Magnum . . . they scattered. You've heard of the law west of the Pecos? This is the law west of Canal Street.'" (Quote source linked in title)

    Florida, Virginia, the Carolinas are hit with hurricanes. Some looting is reported. New Orleans is hit and the cops are getting the best stuff first while armed roving thugs rape, murder and loot?
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    What is the difference here?

    When a Canadian tourist asks a New Orleans Cop for assistance he responds "F- off, it's every man for himself."

    A good quote to sum it up:
    "I am absolutely disgusted. After the tsunami our people, even the ones who lost everything, wanted to help the others who were suffering," said Sajeewa Chinthaka, 36, as he watched a cricket match in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
    "Not a single tourist caught in the tsunami was mugged. Now with all this happening in the U.S. we can easily see where the civilized part of the world's population is."
  • Breitbart.com

  • Now reader, do you begin to understand my rants about the social fabric? Do you begin to understand why I am so against the thug hip-hop culture? This hurricane is different because it impacted an area of people who see themselves as impoverished. Those who are looting and shooting genuinely think that they deserve the right both to live in a free country and steal what they need. That thinking is mutually exclusive. The people who survived Andrew had a fundamental understanding of contributing to society. I can't say the same for what seems to be a significant minority of New Orleans residents and officials.

    It is a shame that will take generations to heal.

    My note to the world: as you read this understand that there is a small group of people who act this way when things go badly. It just so-happens that this storm found a large collection of them in New Orleans. Add in a very poorly managed response and the pot boils over. Given enough time the necessary help is arriving. Unfortunately time and culture are working against us.

    I fear more horrors are still to come before it is all over.

  • Mona Charen, JWR

  • Houston Chronicle

  • Guardian.uk

  • Canada.com
  • 9.01.2005

    Russia & India: You Should Be Concerned

    If, as Jane's reports (linked in title), the Russkies are doing joint exercises with India we should be very concerned.

    Why would I say that? Think WWI alliance linkages and what happened. If you don't know then sue your liberal school system. Try to picture dominoes in a chain and what happens when you push one over.

    Here is my recipie for the big picture:
  • Iran + China

  • China + Russia

  • Russia + India

  • Stir in: USA in Iraq and Afghanistan, with some pressure applied on North Korea for nukes and starving civillians. Simmer over political questions relating to the UN and EU. Watch for USA military resources to be streched thin and the Chinese to complete an operational battle fleet.

    If-no let's be realistic: WHEN China takes Taiwan-AND they will eventually do this.
    The dominoes start to fall.

    USA takes on China as we have pledged to defend democratic Taiwan. The same China who is possibly moving toward alliances with Iran, Russia and India. People think: you don't do joint exercises of military with countries for the heck of it. The long-term question comes down to motive and benefit as to who would do what. The short-term question asks what message we in the USA are being sent by the Russians, Chinese and Indians in these recent little shows of community.

    This makes a great plot for a Clancy/Brown book but it smells too close to reality for me. Of course the ones who should be really concerned are the Japanese and Taiwanese. Virtually defenseless against China and Russia they would have to depend on our response.

    A dangerous and bleak picture don't you think? More to think about:
  • Putin's Wargames

  • Coldwar Still On?

  • Panama Canal

  • Unrestricted Warfare
  • New Orleans Before & After

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  • Looters...the good the bad and the ugly

    Something like Katrina happens and we see both the best and the worst in people. Again we see the economic & racial hatred rear its ugly head in the form of looting.

    There are good reasons to shoot looters I'll agree:
  • points out a circumstance where the reason to loot appears to be revenge rather than survival. But those reasons do not give you a full view into their motives.

    We have the right to protect ourselves and our possessions. Deadly force is definitely ok in your own home or for self-presevation. My point is do not set out to shoot first from an official perspective.

    I heard someone say yesterday "shoot the looters". My response may seem surprising from a neo/paelocon: NO!

    This blog came out of that man's comment and is my thoughts about the difference between survival looting and profit looting. While grocery managers may not approve, I would argue that 90% of grocery looting is for survival. You do not need a plasma screen tv to survive...

    For example(unlikely, but anyway): IF this situation were at my home I would be doing the following: acquiring food, water, electricity and insulin. Would you shoot me for breaking into a drug store? For stealing a generator to run the refrigerator to keep the insulin cold so my wife woudn't die? A tricky question. How would you know why I need a generator or why I would be in a drug store?

    ((update: Graham's article from JWR reminds me: if I'm patient and check the right
  • resources
  • I should be able to get what I need with out looting... I stand self-corrected))

    What if I save the upc symbols and go back to the point I stole it from when they reopen to pay for it? Am I stealing or borrowing? Do I deserve to be shot in this instance? (no jokes please!)

    Yes they should have evacuated. Unfortunately I think we are learning something about the poor in a mandatory evacuation situation that we hadn't previously considered. Perhaps there needs to be government supplied evacuation methods. I'm sure some good democrat will step up and point this out soon.

    Later on I'll rant about living where you can find work instead of whining about not having anything after these trying times pass. For now I'll use my yearly allotment of compassion and bite my tongue.

    Some French Aren't Completely Worthless

    A French company (
  • Vision IQ
  • ) has developed a super-cool new computer system called Poseidon. Poseidon tracks the swimming patterns in a pool above and below water. If it detects a pattern of distress or lack of movement, it alerts the lifeguard with a picture and diagram of the swimmer in distress.
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    It saved the life of a young girl in Britain this week. There have been other successes with it such as saving a man having a heart attack.

    That's cool! It costs a ton but arguably worth the price.