December 31, 2008

Congrats Roland Burris!

Finally, we find out who the highest bidder on the Senate Seat auction from Seller: Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D), ILLINOIS.

Congrats Mr. Burris, welcome to tainted public service!!

I wonder if C. Kennedy has her checkbook ready...?

December 30, 2008

More WoW entertainment




With 11.5million people playing, you get some pretty funny game based entertainment.  This is courtesy of the Avatards.  

If you do not play World of Warcraft, after you dispose of a bad guy or MOB (Monster Or Beast), you double click on them (they are all sparkly in game), and you get a window with treasure (loot).  If you enter a dungeon (aka an Instance) the MOBS in there are elite (very tough) and they tend to drop the best loot.

Loot in WoW are various levels of quality.  Grey is trash, White can be useful, Green is okay, Blue is excellent and what you want.  There are Purple and Orange after that.  Purple are best of the best and Orange is supposed to be da bomb.  

However, with the evolution of the game and the addition of more levels to the game the Oranges have kinda fell from grace.

December 28, 2008


The Craft of War: BLIND from percula on Vimeo.

This is an amazing combination of animation and machinima.  Using the WoW game engine and some of animation tools, Percula created an impressive short story.  I recommend watching the HD version at Vimeo if you have the bandwidth!

December 26, 2008

Was thinkin...

If your business's entire profit are based upon four weeks performance out of the year.

You may want to re-think your model.

December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!



Luke 2:
1  In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.
2  (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)
3  And everyone went to his own town to register.
4  So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.
5  He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.
6  While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born,
7  and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
8  And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.
9  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
10  But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
11  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
12  This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
13  Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14  "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

December 23, 2008

Quotes that show how wrong people can be.

«We will bury you.» Nikita Krushchev, Soviet Premier, predicting Soviet communism will win over U.S. capitalism, 1958.

«Everything that can be invented has been invented.» Charles H. Duell, an official at the US patent office, 1899.

«I see no good reasons why the views given in this volume should shock the religious sensibilities of anyone.» Charles Darwin, in the foreword to his book, The Origin of Species, 1869.

«Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau.» Irving Fisher, economics professor at Yale University, 1929.

«If anything remains more or less unchanged, it will be the role of women.» David Riesman, conservative American social scientist, 1967.

«It will be gone by June.» Variety, passing judgement on rock 'n roll in 1955.

«Democracy will be dead by 1950.» John Langdon-Davies, A Short History of The Future, 1936.

«A short-lived satirical pulp.» TIME, writing off Mad magazine in 1956.

«And for the tourist who really wants to get away from it all, safaris in Vietnam» Newsweek, predicting popular holidays for the late 1960s.

«Four or five frigates will do the business without any military force.» -– British prime minister Lord North, on dealing with the rebellious American colonies, 1774.

«In all likelihood world inflation is over.» International Monetary Fund Ceo, 1959.

«This antitrust thing will blow over.» Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft.

«Remote shopping, while entirely feasible, will flop - because women like to get out of the house, like to handle merchandise, like to be able to change their minds.» TIME, 1966, in one sentence writing off e-commerce long before anyone had ever heard of it.

«They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist-» Last words of Gen. John Sedgwick, spoken as he looked out over the parapet at enemy lines during the Battle of Spotsylvania in 1864.

«Our country has deliberately undertaken a great social and economic experiment, noble in motive and far reaching in purpose." -– Herbert Hoover, on Prohibition, 1928.

«It will be years - not in my time - before a woman will become Prime Minister.» Margaret Thatcher, future Prime Minister, October 26th, 1969.

«Read my lips: NO NEW TAXES.» George Bush, 1988.

«You will be home before the leaves have fallen from the trees.» -– Kaiser Wilhelm, to the German troops, August 1914.

«This is the second time in our history that there has come back from Germany to Downing Street peace with honor. I believe it is peace for our time.» -– Neville Chamberlain, British Prime Minister, September 30th, 1938.

«That virus is a pussycat.» -– Dr. Peter Duesberg, molecular-biology professor at U.C. Berkeley, on HIV, 1988.

«The case is a loser.» -– Johnnie Cochran, on soon-to-be client O.J.'s chances of winning, 1994.

«Reagan doesn't have that presidential look.» -– United Artists Executive, rejecting Reagan as lead in 1964 film The Best Man.

«Capitalist production begets, with the inexorability of a law of nature, its own negation.» Karl Marx.

«Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote.» Grover Cleveland, U.S. President, 1905.

«Man will not fly for 50 years.» Wilbur Wright, American aviation pioneer, to brother Orville, after a disappointing flying experiment, 1901 (their first successful flight was in 1903).

«I am tired of all this sort of thing called science here... We have spent millions in that sort of thing for the last few years, and it is time it should be stopped.» Simon Cameron, U.S. Senator, on the Smithsonian Institute, 1901.

«The Americans are good about making fancy cars and refrigerators, but that doesn't mean they are any good at making aircraft. They are bluffing. They are excellent at bluffing.» Hermann Goering, Commander-in-Chief of the Luftwaffe, 1942.

«With over fifteen types of foreign cars already on sale here, the Japanese auto industry isn't likely to carve out a big share of the market for itself.» Business Week, August 2, 1968.

«The multitude of books is a great evil. There is no limit to this fever for writing; every one must be an author; some out of vanity, to acquire celebrity and raise up a name, others for the sake of mere gain.» Martin Luther, German Reformation leader, Table Talk, 1530s(?).

«Ours has been the first [expedition], and doubtless to be the last, to visit this profitless locality.» Lt. Joseph Ives, after visiting the Grand Canyon in 1861.

«There is no doubt that the regime of Saddam Hussein possesses weapons of mass destruction. As this operation continues, those weapons will be identified, found, along with the people who have produced them and who guard them.» General Tommy Franks, March 22nd, 2003.


Light Bulb

«... good enough for our transatlantic friends ... but unworthy of the attention of practical or scientific men.» British Parliamentary Committee, referring to Edison's light bulb, 1878.

«Such startling announcements as these should be deprecated as being unworthy of science and mischievous to its true progress.» Sir William Siemens, on Edison's light bulb, 1880.

«Everyone acquainted with the subject will recognize it as a conspicuous failure.» Henry Morton, president of the Stevens Institute of Technology, on Edison's light bulb, 1880.

Automobiles

«The horse is here to stay but the automobile is only a novelty, a fad.» The president of the Michigan Savings Bank advising Henry Ford's lawyer not to invest in the Ford Motor Co., 1903.

«That the automobile has practically reached the limit of its development is suggested by the fact that during the past year no improvements of a radical nature have been introduced.» Scientific American, Jan. 2 edition, 1909.

«The ordinary "horseless carriage" is at present a luxury for the wealthy; and although its price will probably fall in the future, it will never, of course, come into as common use as the bicycle.» Literary Digest, 1899.

Airplanes

«Flight by machines heavier than air is unpractical (sic) and insignificant, if not utterly impossible.» - Simon Newcomb; The Wright Brothers flew at Kittyhawk 18 months later. Newcomb was not impressed.

«Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.» Lord Kelvin, British mathematician and physicist, president of the British Royal Society, 1895.

«It is apparent to me that the possibilities of the aeroplane, which two or three years ago were thought to hold the solution to the [flying machine] problem, have been exhausted, and that we must turn elsewhere.» Thomas Edison, American inventor, 1895.

«Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value.» Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre, 1904.

«There will never be a bigger plane built.» A Boeing engineer, after the first flight of the 247, a twin engine plane that holds ten people.

Computers

«Where a calculator on the ENIAC is equipped with 18,000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000 vacuum tubes and weigh only 1.5 tons.» Popular Mechanics, March 1949.

«There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.» Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC), maker of big business mainframe computers, arguing against the PC in 1977.

«I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won't last out the year.» The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957.

«But what... is it good for?» IBM executive Robert Lloyd, speaking in 1968 microprocessor, the heart of today's computers.

Radio

«Radio has no future.» Lord Kelvin, Scottish mathematician and physicist, former president of the Royal Society, 1897.

«The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to no one in particular?» Associates of David Sarnoff responding to the latter's call for investment in the radio in 1921.

«Lee DeForest has said in many newspapers and over his signature that it would be possible to transmit the human voice across the Atlantic before many years. Based on these absurd and deliberately misleading statements, the misguided public ... has been persuaded to purchase stock in his company ...» a U.S. District Attorney, prosecuting American inventor Lee DeForest for selling stock fraudulently through the mail for his Radio Telephone Company in 1913.

Space Travel

«There is practically no chance communications space satellites will be used to provide better telephone, telegraph, television, or radio service inside the United States.» T. Craven, FCC Commissioner, in 1961 (the first commercial communications satellite went into service in 1965).

«Space travel is utter bilge.» Richard Van Der Riet Woolley, upon assuming the post of Astronomer Royal in 1956.

«Space travel is bunk.» Sir Harold Spencer Jones, Astronomer Royal of the UK, 1957 (two weeks later Sputnik orbited the Earth).

«To place a man in a multi-stage rocket and project him into the controlling gravitational field of the moon where the passengers can make scientific observations, perhaps land alive, and then return to earth - all that constitutes a wild dream worthy of Jules Verne. I am bold enough to say that such a man-made voyage will never occur regardless of all future advances.» Lee DeForest, American radio pioneer and inventor of the vacuum tube, in 1926

Rockets

«We stand on the threshold of rocket mail.» -– U.S. postmaster general Arthur Summerfield, in 1959.

«... too far-fetched to be considered.» Editor of Scientific American, in a letter to Robert Goddard about Goddard's idea of a rocket-accelerated airplane bomb, 1940 (German V2 missiles came down on London 3 years later).

«A rocket will never be able to leave the Earth's atmosphere.» New York Times, 1936.

Atomic and Nuclear Power

«The basic questions of design, material and shielding, in combining a nuclear reactor with a home boiler and cooling unit, no longer are problems... The system would heat and cool a home, provide unlimited household hot water, and melt the snow from sidewalks and driveways. All that could be done for six years on a single charge of fissionable material costing about $300.» –- Robert Ferry, executive of the U.S. Institute of Boiler and Radiator Manufacturers, 1955.

«Nuclear-powered vacuum cleaners will probably be a reality in 10 years.» -– Alex Lewyt, president of vacuum cleaner company Lewyt Corp., in the New York Times in 1955.

«That is the biggest fool thing we have ever done [research on]... The bomb will never go off, and I speak as an expert in explosives.» Admiral William D. Leahy, U.S. Admiral working in the U.S. Atomic Bomb Project, advising President Truman on atomic weaponry, 1944.

«Atomic energy might be as good as our present-day explosives, but it is unlikely to produce anything very much more dangerous.» Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister, 1939.

«The energy produced by the breaking down of the atom is a very poor kind of thing. Anyone who expects a source of power from the transformation of these atoms is talking moonshine.» Ernest Rutherford, shortly after splitting the atom for the first time.

«There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable. It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at will.» Albert Einstein, 1932.

«There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom.» Robert Millikan, American physicist and Nobel Prize winner, 1923.

Films

«Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?» H. M. Warner, co-founder of Warner Brothers, 1927.

«The cinema is little more than a fad. It's canned drama. What audiences really want to see is flesh and blood on the stage." -– Charlie Chaplin, actor, producer, director, and studio founder, 1916.

Telephone/Telegraph

«This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.» A memo at Western Union, 1878 (or 1876).

«The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys.» Sir William Preece, Chief Engineer, British Post Office, 1878.

«It's a great invention but who would want to use it anyway?» Rutherford B. Hayes, U.S. President, after a demonstration of Alexander Bell's telephone, 1876.

«A man has been arrested in New York for attempting to extort funds from ignorant and superstitious people by exhibiting a device which he says will convey the human voice any distance over metallic wires so that it will be heard by the listener at the other end. He calls this instrument a telephone. Well-informed people know that it is impossible to transmit the human voice over wires.» News item in a New York newspaper, 1868.

Television

«Television won't last. It's a flash in the pan.» Mary Somerville, pioneer of radio educational broadcasts, 1948.

«Television won't last because people will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.» Darryl Zanuck, movie producer, 20th Century Fox, 1946.

«While theoretically and technically television may be feasible, commercially and financially it is an impossibility, a development of which we need waste little time dreaming.» Lee DeForest, American radio pioneer and inventor of the vacuum tube, 1926.

Railroads

«Dear Mr. President: The canal system of this country is being threatened by a new form of transportation known as 'railroads' ... As you may well know, Mr. President, 'railroad' carriages are pulled at the enormous speed of 15 miles per hour by 'engines' which, in addition to endangering life and limb of passengers, roar and snort their way through the countryside, setting fire to crops, scaring the livestock and frightening women and children. The Almighty certainly never intended that people should travel at such breakneck speed.» Martin Van Buren, Governor of New York, 1830(?).

«What can be more palpably absurd than the prospect held out of locomotives traveling twice as fast as stagecoaches?» The Quarterly Review, March edition, 1825.

«Rail travel at high speed is not possible, because passengers, unable to breathe, would die of asphyxia.» Dr Dionysys Larder (1793-1859), professor of Natural Philosophy and Astronomy, University College London.

Other Technology

«Transmission of documents via telephone wires is possible in principle, but the apparatus required is so expensive that it will never become a practical proposition.» Dennis Gabor, British physicist and author of Inventing the Future, 1962.

«[By 1985], machines will be capable of doing any work Man can do.» Herbert A. Simon, of Carnegie Mellon University - considered to be a founder of the field of artificial intelligence - speaking in 1965.

«The world potential market for copying machines is 5000 at most.» IBM, to the eventual founders of Xerox, saying the photocopier had no market large enough to justify production, 1959.

«I must confess that my imagination refuses to see any sort of submarine doing anything but suffocating its crew and floundering at sea.» HG Wells, British novelist, in 1901.
«X-rays will prove to be a hoax.» Lord Kelvin, President of the Royal Society, 1883.

«Very interesting Whittle, my boy, but it will never work.» Cambridge Aeronautics Professor, when shown Frank Whittle's plan for the jet engine.

«The idea that cavalry will be replaced by these iron coaches is absurd. It is little short of treasonous.» Comment of Aide-de-camp to Field Marshal Haig, at tank demonstration, 1916.

«Caterpillar landships are idiotic and useless. Those officers and men are wasting their time and are not pulling their proper weight in the war.» Fourth Lord of the British Admiralty, 1915.

«What, sir, would you make a ship sail against the wind and currents by lighting a bonfire under her deck? I pray you, excuse me, I have not the time to listen to such nonsense.» Napoleon Bonaparte, when told of Robert Fulton's steamboat, 1800s.

«The phonograph has no commercial value at all.» Thomas Edison, American inventor, 1880s.

«If I had thought about it, I wouldn't have done the experiment. The literature was full of examples that said 'you can't do this'.» Spencer Silver on the work that led to the unique adhesives for 3-M "Post-It" Notepads.

«Fooling around with alternating current is just a waste of time. Nobody will use it, ever.» Thomas Edison, American inventor, 1889 (Edison often ridiculed the arguments of competitor George Westinghouse for AC power).

December 21, 2008

This is just getting out of control!!

Here is the story link.


Mice suspected in deadly cat fire

Mice or rats are thought to have chewed through electric wires
Mice may be responsible for a blaze that killed nearly 100 cats at an animal shelter near the Canadian city of Toronto, officials say.

The fire at the humane society shelter in Oshawa also killed three dogs and some rats that were up for adoption.

An initial report from the fire marshal says mice or rats chewing through electrical wires in the ceiling are likely to have sparked the blaze.
Offers of help have been pouring in from animal lovers across Canada.
"It's unfortunate and ironic that mice caused the fire that killed the cats," Toronto Humane Society spokesman Ian McConachie told the BBC News website.

"Unfortunately, the mice probably perished in the fire as well," he added.
The $250,000 (£137,000) fire is still under investigation by the Ontario Fire Marshal's office.

Mr McConachie said it would be some days before a final report would be released.

In all, only nine dogs, two cats and one rat were rescued in Wednesday's early morning blaze.

They are being housed in a nearby municipal shelter, while volunteers rebuild the burnt-down shelter for the Humane Society of Durham Region.

December 20, 2008

Majority rule? Not so faast.

So lets say 13  million people vote on something.  7 million say yes and 6 million say no.

Why would the 7 million be considered extreme and the 6 million mainstream? 

How big of a fit should the 6 million throw to get their way?

I'm starting to think a portion of our society has re-gressed to age 10...

December 19, 2008

Global slight of hand.

First off thank you to the Wizard for the link!  Second thank you Wizard for this article.

Chad Myers echo's quite a few of my beliefs about Man-made global warming.  To start with we have 100 years of good data.  For a .000002% sampling (based on the world being 4.5 billion years old).  With that tiny sampling it is small wonder that the best climate models preform so poorly.

Even with all the people and all the factories spewing all the greenhouse gasses into the planet. Mount Pinatubo was able to cool the planet surface 1.3 degree's for three years. 

El Nina and El Nino have had a much more profound impact on the weather then people as well.  We are pretty damn insignificant portion of a huge planetary system.

Australia realized that they could throw millions of millions of dollars without lowering the temperature 1 degree. Is the planet sending out less heat then it is attracting?

If humans are the cause and they can reverse the trend, exactly what would that look like?  We need to stop using oil, our electrical usage has to drop to the level of green production, then we have to look to stop all non-green industry, then go after natural occurring phenomena. 

Welcome to the return of the dark ages.   Do you really think we can do all of the above in the seven years we have left?  If we did indeed destroy civilization as we know it and find out that it did not matter one iota, will we all have a good collective laugh or cry?

If your listening only to the MSM about this topic, your probably mis-informed.  If you drill down to who said what and looked up the person and who is paying him.  You might have a better idea of what end they are talking out of.

December 16, 2008

The Debate is far from over.

The natural cycles of the planet raise and lower the climates temperature much more then CO2's emissions. Even the UN scientists have come to this conclusion. Using scare mongering for profit like Al Gore and so many other "green" companies undermines those who believe in true conservation and being stewards of the land.

he CFL bulbs throwing Mercury into the landfill is just one of the stupid green practices. "We have to DO somthing!" is very different from doing something that makes sense.

What follows are some of the 650 noted scientists who spoke out against the "Debate is over" Man-made global warming myth. After that is a link to the PDF for the Senate Minority report:

“I am a skeptic…Global warming has become a new religion.” - Nobel Prize Winner for Physics, Ivar Giaever.

“Since I am no longer affiliated with any organization nor receiving any funding, I can speak quite frankly….As a scientist I remain skeptical.” - Atmospheric Scientist Dr. Joanne Simpson

“The IPCC has actually become a closed circuit; it doesn’t listen to others. It doesn’t have open minds… I am really amazed that the Nobel Peace Prize has been given on scientifically incorrect conclusions by people who are not geologists,” - Indian geologist Dr. Arun D. Ahluwalia at Punjab University and a board member of the UN-supported International Year of the Planet.

“The models and forecasts of the UN IPCC "are incorrect because they only are based on mathematical models and presented results at scenarios that do not include, for example, solar activity.” - Victor Manuel Velasco Herrera

“It is a blatant lie put forth in the media that makes it seem there is only a fringe of scientists who don’t buy into anthropogenic global warming.” - U.S Government Atmospheric Scientist Stanley B. Goldenberg

“Even doubling or tripling the amount of carbon dioxide will virtually have little impact, as water vapour and water condensed on particles as clouds dominate the worldwide scene and always will.” – . Geoffrey G. Duffy, a professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering of the University of Auckland, NZ.

“After reading [UN IPCC chairman] Pachauri's asinine comment [comparing skeptics to] Flat Earthers, it's hard to remain quiet.” - Climate statistician Dr. William M. Briggs, who specializes in the statistics of forecast evaluation, serves on the American Meteorological Society's Probability and Statistics Committee and is an Associate Editor of Monthly Weather Review.

“For how many years must the planet cool before we begin to understand that the planet is not warming? For how many years must cooling go on?" - Geologist Dr. David Gee the chairman of the science committee of the 2008 International Geological Congress

“Gore prompted me to start delving into the science again and I quickly found myself solidly in the skeptic camp…Climate models can at best be useful for explaining climate changes after the fact.” - Meteorologist Hajo Smit of Holland

“Many [scientists] are now searching for a way to back out quietly (from promoting warming fears), without having their professional careers ruined.” - Atmospheric physicist James A. Peden, formerly of the Space Research and Coordination Center

“Creating an ideology pegged to carbon dioxide is a dangerous nonsense…The present alarm on climate change is an instrument of social control, a pretext for major businesses and political battle. It became an ideology, which is concerning.” - Environmental Scientist Professor Delgado Domingos of Portugal

“CO2 emissions make absolutely no difference one way or another….Every scientist knows this, but it doesn’t pay to say so…Global warming, as a political vehicle, keeps Europeans in the driver’s seat and developing nations walking barefoot.” - Dr. Takeda Kunihiko, vice-chancellor of the Institute of Science and Technology Research at Chubu University in Japan.

“The [global warming] scaremongering has its justification in the fact that it is something that generates funds.” - Award-winning Paleontologist Dr. Eduardo Tonni, of the Committee for Scientific Research in Buenos Aires

U. S. Senate Minority Report


December 15, 2008

Imagine Global Warming

Lets say your an environmentalist. You see people, companies and governments all ignoring the planet. For years the movement you hold so dear had gained little momentum. Some in your movement are now breaking laws and endangering people for the greater good.

So in order to make your point you gather a bunch of data and make a graph, only to find out it does not illustrate your belief that man is throwing so much bad stuff into the air it is causing the planet to warm at an alarming rate. So you go back and massage the numbers until you get the desired graph. This is what Michael E. Mann, Raymond S. Bradley and Malcolm K. Hughes did and it is referred to as the the MBH98 reconstruction or the Hockey stick graph and it largely started the Global warming myth, which was renamed Man Made Global warming then Climate change.

It is the classic road to hell paved with good intentions. The Media picked up the ball and ran with it, regurgitating bad data without looking it up.

When politicians got ahold of this it stopped being important to have the facts, it became "the Big Lie" and a way to get funding for various things, it also got people elected and re-elected.

I actually do not have much disagreement with recycling, eating lower on the food chain, lowering electrical usage etc. I more rail against the censoring of real scientific debate over a subject that has become more important then feeding people. Anytime someone tells you "The Debate is over" they are selling something...

Some buried news items:

Nasa's Goddard Institute for Space Studies falsly announces October hottest ever

Panel on Climate Change scientist dismayed at Global Warming spending .vs. the poor.

scientific data on what is causing global warming is "contradictory"

The Oceans have stopped warming!

Global Warming Hits Mars!

Sun to blame for Global Warming

Finally a really nice Wiki entry.
Global Warming Swindle

December 10, 2008

MSM bias again.

So Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich gets arrested and next to no one in the MSM (including FOX) feel that there is any reason to identify him a Democrat.

Minnesota Senator, Norm Coleman's friend and benefactor is being investigated. MSNBC jumps all over the fact Sen. Coleman's is with the GOP.

So Democrat in trouble no mention of party. Republican obliquely associated with trouble, name party!

There is case after case after case of this double standard.

Fairness Doctrine for Radio? How about for the MSM?

December 09, 2008

Idea

"Instead of $15 billion or $18 billion, why not let the free market, Congress can do anything, right? They can run this business, they can run that business, they can administer that service. I mean they're the experts, are they not? We're investing in Congress final authority to do everything right, are we not? So my idea is Congress should put in an order to buy a million or a million-and-a-half cars. Whatever number of cars you could buy for $15 to $18 billion dollars,

That's what needs to happen here, is it not? We need to sell American cars. So Congress should go in and buy the cars and then sell them! They know how to get reelected. They know how to raise campaign cash. They know how to get and spend earmarks. They know how to get away with destroying certain businesses. Let them show us how to save one. Go in, buy the cars, and then sell 'em. Selling cars is hard work. We need the best and brightest for this. Obviously the dealership system isn't working. Obviously the way General Motors is doing it isn't working. "

Thank you Rush! (full credit to Mr. Limbaugh)

December 07, 2008

Just a note

To the Georges, Vandewalles, Wyckhouses, Shoemakers, Grams, and Mike Friese.

Recieved and Stored

thanks.

December 04, 2008

Brawl with the Presidents

Not sure how my mind captured the following. Your in a Bar with a US president (any, in thier prime, your choice), when a baroom brawl busts out.

Given the absurd above situation, which president would you want to have your back?

Gerald Ford popped into my mind. After all he did play center and linebacker with two back to back unbeaten seasons for the Wolverines.

Eisenhower was a fighting man, played some football at the Academy. I figure he could hold his own. Truman and Kennedy had some fight in them. Grant and Lincoln as well. Even George W. and George H. W., I think would have fared well. Washington, probably would have been a good choice.

Then my mind hit upon the only choice. Theodore Roosevelt, the man could kick butt.

December 03, 2008

Stupid man tricks.



Well...


We are World of Warcraft (WoW) players. As such we purchased the new expansion Wraith of the Lich King (WotLK). Along with a goodly chunk of our 11 million other fellow gamers.


As I was attempting to load it on my wife's PC, I got a message that her processor was one tenth of a gigahertz too slow. My mind quickly thought about overclocking her PC at some later date.


Seeing as how I had the game right there, I figured I might as well upgrade her acount to WotLK, mostly due to the free month. This is were I error'd.


The account information is kept on the Blizzard website, it does not care what computer your on or its speed. What that means is you can only play on a system that already HAS WotLK installed. Now I'm stuck. She cannot load the software, she cannot play and we are about to meet some of my RL friends in game for our weekly WoW fix.


Arrrrgh!!!!!!


I was able to rig up the laptop for our outting. But, Tina was unable to ride her exercise bike with this configuration... epic fail...


No sleep for me last night as my mind alternately cursed my excitement for loading the software and planning how to fix this little stupid man trick.


Today I went to the used computer store here in town and rifled through the collection of old AMD processors and found an Athlon that would do the trick. The last time I did a processor upgrade was when Windows 95 was new. Then you had to use a driver for the processor (not sure how that worked..) Reading a bit I figured out that it should not matter anymore, and wtf, I went for broke.


System posted, complained, updated then booted to windows. Success! So as we speak her system is running WotLK, and I feel kinda tired. But, a lot less stupid...


Good Republican news. Or is it?

Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss won a run-off election in Georgia on Tuesday. This means no open checkbook for President Obama.

That means the scant remaining republicans actually have a say in the process by a filibuster, or obstruction. An attempt is made to infinitely extend debate upon a proposal in order to delay the or completely prevent a vote. If you can get enough votes (sixty) you can stop a filibuster.

In one way, I am a tad bit relieved that some checks and balance exist on the other side of the aisle. On the other hand, if the liberals do get what they want, that could bring a huge swing to the right in the next two elections. (President Jindal anyone? President Palin?)

December 02, 2008

Your Rights .vs. the Police

My buddy Joe posted about a run in with the law and that you should never talk to a police officer. He had a video linked as well.

Anyways, a teen of someone at is now in jeopardy of loosing his scholarships. He had gone to a party which the police came to visit. He told "the truth" that he had tried glass of wine with his family for Thanksgiving Dinner.

informational link

As a fan of various cop shows, CSI, Life on Mars, Starsky and Hutch, Police Squad, I recall that the arrested guy usually spills and incriminates himself within a minute of sitting in the interrogation room. Of course this is a plot device to keep the story rolling. There is a subtle and sometimes overt programming that will influence people. It could be something that will clean your bathroom bowl, or change your brand of Beer.

So watching these shows could easily allow you incriminate yourself. It is up to "We the people" to know our rights and exercise them.

December 01, 2008

President does not qualify?

Let me start this by sayin, I believe Barak Obama is a Natural Born US citizen and qualified to be President.

Now then, put on your make believe bonnets and say that President Obama turns out to have a fake Birth Certificate, tomarrow, what will happen?

For that we need look to the 20th amendment: "if the President elect shall have failed to qualify, then the Vice President elect shall act as President until a President shall have qualified; and the Congress may by law provide for the case wherein neither a President elect nor a Vice President elect shall have qualified, declaring who shall then act as President, or the manner in which one who is to act shall be selected, and such person shall act accordingly until a President or Vice President shall have qualified."

So then Biden would be sworn in as President. But wait! The amendment says he will act as President until a President shall have qualified.

So Peolsi and Dean could decide who should be president? **shudder** What a vague bunch of words that some court will have to figure out.

Until a President shall have qualified... Thank you 1933...

Gas Pricing

I would really like to give my heart felt thanks and appreciation to President George Bush for bringing the price of Gas Down to below $2.00 a gallon.

It must be great satisfaction, to some, due to the Oil companies taking such a hit fiscally.

November 30, 2008

Rights.

I read quite a bit about supressing the second amendment, these are usually the same people who decry any suggestion of doing the same to the first amendment. The basic premise is the second amendment is just so dangerous. I would argue that Freedom of Religion, Press and Expression is much more deadly to a population. I feel both are very important to protect.

Black Friday, when people get up way to early to buy things, was marred by violence. In every case I have read it was because of people behaving badly. The Toys-R-Us shooting and the Walmart trampling had any number of bad choices by people, mob mentality and just idiotic reaction. The common theme here?

people...

November 29, 2008

My friends.

My friends did something that is humbling and awesome. I cant say more for obvious reasons.

Thanks, its gonna be amazing.

Stella Joke

A man rushes into his house and yells to his wife, 'Stella, pack up your things! I just won the California lottery!' Stella replies, 'Shall I pack for warm weather or cold?' The man responds, 'I don't care. Just so long as you're out of the house by noon!'

Found this, posted it, no offense Stella...

November 26, 2008

Holidays Christmas

Tom Blumer has written yearly stories on the MSM's strong preference for using the term "holiday shopping" instead of "Christmas shopping", but they preferred to describe layoffs as relating to "Christmas."

He has Google News searches in November and December in each of the last three years :




2005-2007 News stories have overwhelmingly preferred "holiday shopping" on the commerce side, and have used "Christmas" over twice as frequently in articles about layoffs.



Interesting stuff?

November 25, 2008

Higher learning Gouging students!

So I catch this little CNN story, it is a sad tale of the time. Students feeling the pinch. Such tough economic times. Yadda, yadda, yadda.

My mind goes back to an old posting and I wonder. Why not have these institutes of higher learning drop the tuition fees to help?

In this story one college kid bemoans his $2000.00 he owes. Hmmm, hey University of Arkansas, write this off? You taught him so well he will make a great alum someday right?

I mean, where are those MSM types who are going after these Greedy colleges?

Presidential Pardons

At the end of a Presidency it is tradition to pardon a bunch of people. Since being in office, President Bush, has issued only 171 pardons. He may issue more, he has that right.

Bill Clinton awarded 140 pardons on his last day in office for a total of 396.

President George H. W. Bush. 75 pardons.

Oh the record holder (if it is something you can call a record) Franklin Roosevelt: 3,687

On the other end of the scale William Harrison Zero...

November 24, 2008

LA Times actually has something to read!

To me this is amazing the LA Times is slowly dying, just like the NY times. While they scramble to figure out why, they just might have been desperate enough to print something worthwhile, for kids even!

Not long ago I posted The real story of Thanks Giving (Triumph over socialism). A write up by Paul Schmidt. This is the true story from Plymouth Colony Governor William Bradford's diary. Somehow, someway, our school system lost or never had any of this information.

So Thanks LA times.

November 22, 2008

MSM is really full of crap.

There is this MSM out of context video going around that should never have made the news. Because it is George Bush however, this kind of crap is perfectly acceptable. Kudos's to Jeanne Moos, CNN for airing the correction.

If you bought into this crap, you may want to check your values.

Industry

GM officials say the average UAW reaches $39.68 an hour, with another $33.58 an hour for benefits. So that's $82,500.00 a year gross wages with $69,700.00 a year for benefits or $152,000 that the Auto industry pays for each worker.

Some US manufactures of auto-mobiles are not doing well. Depending upon what you read this is attributed to any number of things. The entire auto-mobile industry is not having the same problems. VW is up %15, China auto-makers are said to be looking to buy GM, Toyota and Honda are also doing well.

Some people think that regulation to make autos Greener is needed. Time Magazine

I think the national average wage being 40,405.48 and the high cost of labor making cars has something to do with it.

November 20, 2008

Family Matters

Let me go out on a limb here and propose the following crazy theory...

The best family situation occurs with two caring parents consisting of one male and one female. One of which is an involved stay-at-home parent the other is a competent provider. The further you move away from this ideal the situation worsens.

So if you have one caring parent, its less then ideal. etc...

November 19, 2008

Catholic Church .vs. Obama

First off I am a practicing Catholic, in good standing with the Holy See in Rome. Long after Pres. Obama passes this mortal coil the Catholic Church will still be around.
The MSM has been squaring off the Church and our new president. The MSM is using interesting terms in describing Cardinal Staffords critique on President-Elect Barack Obama’s pro-abortion position. The reporting says it is a "scathing rant" and a "diatribe."

Umkay... Here is the audio from his speech.

A rant? A diatribe? Is there really anything new here? Obama and the Church strongly disagree on embryonic stem cell research, abortion rights and civil unions for gay couples. This this is pretty common knowledge (unless your Pelosi). I would not anticipate the Church to change stance on any of these topics anytime, Pres. Obama, being a politician may.

I feel these are very important moral arguments with harsh future implications that need to be stated and re-stated.

Civil Discourse at the highest level. CNN's 'story' is just vilification disguised as journalism.

November 18, 2008

Warcraft .vs. Parenting

So this little ditty of a news item popped up: Boy collapses after playing World of Warcraft

First thing that popped into my mind, is how the news got ahold of this? Next was how distracted would a parent have to be to not notice the kid is on a game for 24 hours? Why did it take the kid having a seizure for the parents to realize that sitting on a game with little food and sleep, may be something they want to restrict?

Next David Brown (author) goes to the shrink view and yadda, yadda. The entire thing smacks as a scare, with nothing really of substance. For instance, why did Mr. Brown totally ignore the fact that WoW has parental Controls?

Every day of the week is broken up into 30-minute segments, and each segment can be set to "able to play" or "unable to play." As mentioned above, players cannot log in during a scheduled break, and if a player is already in the game when a scheduled break is set to begin, the game will automatically disconnect the player.

Mr. Brown, in my opinion, is a lazy reporter going for sensationalism over substance. What could have been a practical, informative artical, is now just another finger wagging hit piece.

November 17, 2008

Joe



Periodically you see someone who reminds you of someone on TV or the Movies. Or, you are told you look like someone in some film or TV show.



This is Joe:

Aside from some off kilter political beliefs (snark), he runs a software firm and has a blog (linked to the right as Delta Joe). I met him through Shoo, at Cal-Tech, way too many years ago. He dated my sister-in-law and tells a nice story of how I rescued him from living at LAX.


Anyways, I have always thought he had a passing resemblance for a certain actor, one of my favorite actors.


This is Christian Slater:
He currently has a show on NBC called My Own Worst Enemy.

I'm right, they look alike?

Shoo and Rob

Robert, Robbie, Bob, Shoo, Boobert, Bobby. How redundant is it when your two best friends share the same first name? Well, not exactly. I recall when I first got to know them, Shoo was Robbie and Robert was... well, Robert. Got do know them, is not as accurate as, became aware of their existence in the universe. Because, I can not recall actually meeting them.

I do know we went to the same elementary school. Shoo recalls us getting into trouble in a class room and being made to sit apart from each other. Robert I recall playing around on the field and Roger K. being there. Forced to define a point in time were friendship occurred, would probably be in Cub Scouts.

Living in Southern California in the same suburban housing tract was wonderful. Being easily within running distance of great friends, still far enough away that you had to let your folks know where you were playing. And we had quite a mix of family dynamic to witness. I was the youngest of five. Rob and Shoo knew my sister Myrna. I am sure they met my various other sib's along the way, just not sure on the who and when. Having a 15 year gap between oldest and myself, makes for a family going in quite a few directions. Rob had one brother, Shoo had two. I was around for Darren's entry into the world. Both Shoo and Rob had fights with their brothers. Something I never had experience first hand.

We all had our back yards as well. Mine had a pool, Shoo's was huge with quite a bit of vegetation to hide in and play "shoot-em-up", add to that a tower and play fort. Rob had a small backyard guarded by a vicious dog that would eat you. That dog scared the crap out of me. I kept expecting it to tear Rob limb from limb when he went outside. Rob also had a tree house and "the ditch".

California had these series of open air rivers that would whisk away ran water. This was just over his fence, and we could go play there. Unless the helicopter came over, then we would jump back over the fence or hide.

We had quite an adventurous childhood. Plenty of camping, long scout trips, visiting with relatives, playing Lego's, eating baked Alaska, riding mopeds, going to the beach on county buses, various classes in various schools with various teachers.

Did we always get along? No. Any fights were few and far between. It was one of those things where you couldn't stay mad long. Not sure we ever apologized in a formal sense. We just forgave.

We participated in each others weddings, without expectation. We try to meet online every Sunday and Tuesday, that in and of itself is a blast.

Anyways, I have been thinking about the extended family concept recently. I wanted to shout out to my two non-blood brothers. My life is much richer for knowing them.

Thanks Rob, Thanks Shoo (thank yous posted alphabetically)

November 16, 2008

Sunday Funday

The unexpected crisis following Obama's victory.



I have no clue what this is about. It's just amusing and bizzare at the same time! International appeal?

November 14, 2008

Connor interactions

When you have an autistic child, you tend to notice things that are considered normal and mundane with gusto.

Example; he came into the bedroom the other day, he looked up and noticed I was looking at him. Unbidden he stated\asked "I have to go to the bathroom"

I responded "Go ahead" and he proceeded into our master bath.

If this had been a typical 10 year old this would be rather ho hum. I mean what is the big deal?

Well, first off, he recognized a non-verbal queue. He viewed my expression as questioning what he was doing there. This is huge for an Autistic, because they can be in their own world and facial expressions are usually ignored or not understood.

His sentence was full and appropriate. He used 'I' instead of 'Connor' and the context was in keeping with the situation. Finally, he waited for my response before taking action. So this was an actual full conversation, full interaction.

I soared a little bit, because that was such a normal everyday interaction, yet something that shows growth and potential in my son. You could see how the same interaction in another house with another father and son would be overlooked, or viewed as mundane. Possibly even annoyance.

In my case it was a moment of joy that I could blog about.

November 13, 2008

Light hartedness

I read quite a few blogs. Over the last month or so they are rather terse. Any humor attempted on any sight tended to be at the expense of someone. And yes, I did participate...

Today, as odd as it seems. A somewhat light harted nature has woven itself through the Bloggernet.

November 12, 2008

Veterans

My Pop was in the Navy in WWII. His three brothers served as well, making my Grandmother a four star Mom. Uncle Donald never came home.

My Brother in Law Jim, served in 'Nam my brother Kraig was drafted. While I did sign up for selective service, I never entered the military (I think my mom is happy about that).

Two of my friends growing up served stints as well, Mike R. took a turn at the Army, Ronn was a copter pilot in Desert storm.

Renae is a friend of the family, scratch that, an extension of our family. She is currently in the Navy.

It is a day late. Thank you for serving our country.

November 11, 2008

Obama, Barak

Just for the record President Barak Obama does have my support. He is my president. To paraphrase one of my smarter friends I am ready to give him a chance. One thing I am looking forward to is a little more unity. He claimed that as a goal in his campaign.

and my Pop: Well, it doesn't matter what anyone says, lets see what he does in office.

I do have a tang of worry for him. I do NOT wish him to fail. I have quite a bit of dissent for his idea's and proposals. As soon as the smug gloating is over, I might actually start reading liberal blogs again...

MSM posting advertisements as news..

A while back my doctor wanted me to go on Statin's to help balance my HDL and LDL levels to some "healthy" numbers on some chart. After being on them for a week I started having problems standing up, that is to say, my knees hurt and I had to use my arms to transition from sitting to standing. At a family gathering, my brothers and sisters deduced it was in deed the Statin's and went on to tell their own stories of side effects. A call to my doctor and he said STOP TAKING THEM. He had told me to watch if my joints would hurt. They didn't hurt, they just got weak.

So I stopped them and my strength came back. We tried a few different ones and had smiler side effects.

So imagine my surprise to see this headline: The Benefits Healthy People Receive From Statin Drugs

Then the other shoe dropped today from Doctor John McDougals site: Advertising Passed Off As Research Confuses the Public Again

Dr. McDougal is an advocate for healthy diet and exercise over medication, so he had an agenda. He does point out the serious flaws in the study and documents them as well.

If your Doctor wants to put you on Statins, stop them from running to the next patient and ask the questions to get info about side effects. Also, ask your pharmacist as well. If your reaction is anything like mine, it will near cripple you and it will come on so slowly you may not relate it to the medicine.

November 10, 2008

Can Obama win over the MSM??

It is not often I read an MSM headline and laugh out loud. This is one of those rare occasions: How Obama Can Win Over The Media? It addresses all the pit-falls he must avoid and offers him suggestions like weekly press conferences, posting his schedule online and not complaining about the press...

At least the Washington Post seems to be capable of self examination. Deborah Howell "But Obama deserved tougher scrutiny than he got, especially of his undergraduate years, his start in Chicago and his relationship with Antoin "Tony" Rezko, who was convicted this year of influence-peddling in Chicago. The Post did nothing on Obama's acknowledged drug use as a teenager. "

Then Jennifer Rubin chimed in with a slightly different take: "The MSM is confessing. Yes, they were biased. Sure, they favored one side. But they don’t quite come out and say why. Worse, they show no inclination to do anything about it."

Oh, but do not get your hopes up that the old Media will start acting professional, As Reuters proclaims Media bias largely unseen in US presidential race ! Gah...

The big picture is this. The MSM lied by omission and turned tabloid journalism into daily headlines. If you thought that the news would look for truth to provide some kind of check and balance you were sadly mistaken. Luckily we have the New Media.

Where else can you find out that the Fed is hiding something, with the bail-out + spending bill that was ramrodded down our wallets?

November 09, 2008

Correcting the Internet

Umkay, from reading the various blogs I picked up the term MSM for Main Stream Media. I had a poster who inquired as to the meaning of the TLA (Three Letter Acronym).

I have come across various TLA's and if they do not become apparent by context, I would do a google search on them. For example: Define MSM. The internet has quite a bit of information at your fingertips.

If you had looked up MSM you would have found the following link: urban Dictionary

MSM:
  1. "mainstream media", major TV networks and large newspapers. Blogs are eating into MSM eyeball share.
  2. Abbreviation for "mainstream media". No matter who you are, they're not on your side.
    "Hey, Republican friend, did you see that news story on Bush?"
    "Yeah, the MSM is so biased."
    "Hey, Democrat friend, did you see that news story on Bush?"
    "Yeah, the MSM is so biased."
  3. An acronym referring to the mainstream media The 'MSM' is pretty much everything but the blogosphere.
If you want to know why there is so much fear and hatred and blue .vs. red states, look no further then the newspapers and broadcast news. In fact, stop looking at them. Start finding some blogs that cater to your views and some that don't.

November 07, 2008

Election Analysis: America Can Take Pride

Thanks to Iowahawk who gave me the best post-election laugh to date

And so it begins




Who would have thunk he would bring back slavery? Welcome to the new America.
---UPDATE---
Prez. Elect. Obama must have had them change the site (I wonder why?) now the 'required' is gone and the Students get $40.00 an hour for volunteering. This means 100 hours hits the $4000.00 cap which is applicable towards collage.
Stay tuned for more runs up the flagpole...

November 05, 2008

It pours

So I have a new job, tech help desk for our county library system. It is a pay cut from my last job, which went bye bye last February. So, we are scaling back and being frugal.

So we had a plan that would slowly build back up our savings and such, still we need to figure out my take home and all that good stuff. So, now the van breaks, and breaks bad. Transmission bad.

*sigh*

On the bright side, with the downturn in housing, all the property values went down, except the tax assessors who determined the values went up. So we have higher property taxes again. Whee.

Rahm Emanuel Obama chief of staff?

This is interesting, I did a Google look-up to see what kind of people Pres. Obama will surround himself with. This is an newsweek excerpt about his first choice for Chief of Staff:

Certainly, there is nothing bland about Emanuel and never has been. Although he once won a summer scholarship with the Joffrey Ballet, he preferred the combat of politics. As a Democratic Party official, he once sent a pollster who was late delivering polling results a dead fish in a box. Old Clinton hands still laugh about the night after Bill Clinton won the 1992 presidential election. In his book, "The Thumpin': How Rahm Emanuel and the Democrats Learned to Be Ruthless and Ended the Republican Revolution," Chicago Tribune deputy Washington bureau chief Naftali Bendavid writes that, as about a score of them sat around a picnic table mushily declaring their love for one another, Emanuel picked up a knife and called out the names of different politicians who had "f–––ed us." After each name, Emanuel would cry out, "Dead man!"—and stab the knife into the table.

--Edited-- Turns out the first source I used was altered. This is a better link with better info.

November 04, 2008

So be it.

Congrats to President Elect. Barak Obama.

Time to rebuild and move forward. Hopefully, in 2010 we can get some Conservatives running.

Way back when this election kicked off I had a wish, That John McCain would NOT be voted President, I got that wish. Later on I had a wish that Barak Obama would NOT be voted in as President.

Looks like I'm at an even 50/50.

Palin 2012?

November 03, 2008

Great Election Quotes

Take it from me--elections matter. -- Al Gore

An election is coming. Universal peace is declared, and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry. -- George Eliot

I'm older than dirt, I've got more scars than Frankenstein, but I've learned a few things along the way.-- John McCain

Washington, D.C., is to lying what Wisconsin is to cheese.-- Dennis Miller

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies.-- Groucho Marx

Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad name.-- Henry Kissinger

Do you ever get the feeling that the only reason we have elections is to find out if the polls were right?-- Robert Orben, humorist

Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you're a thousand miles from the cornfield.-- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Ideas are great arrows, but there has to be a bow. And politics is the bow of idealism.-- Bill MoyersEverybody knows politics is a contact sport.-- Barack Obama

To lodge all power in one party and keep it there is to insure bad government.-- Mark Twain

The politician is trained in the art of inexactitude. His words tend to be blunt or rounded because if they have a cutting edge they may later return to wound him.-- Edward R. Murrow

Thanks to Readers Digest http://www.rd.com/your-america-inspiring-people-and-stories/12-great-election-quotes/article104385.html?trkid=RINL2006

Grammar Police.

Just in case you have not yet realized it, this is a casual Internet blog about various thoughts and opinions that I write out with haste.

It is not a scholarly journal, term paper, or a literary work of any importance. Not something thats graded by an English teacher.

These are usually written on the cuff, quick, down and dirty. It is simply a laid back online blog for people to read and post comments. I welcome all but the profane and passive agressive. I personally find it obnoxious when someone "corrects" spelling or grammar unbidden. You know what I mean, so why do you feel the need to prove how smart you think you are?

I'm not impressed.

Do you correct the speech of those around you? I hope not, because it only makes you come off as pompous and condescending. Almost no one speaks true, proper English. Our dialect is casual. Get over yourself. Would a quick read through, spell check , preview hurt before posting? Of course not. But is it really that important? No, it isn't.

November 02, 2008

Our Entertainment Escape.

Americans watch too much television. It is not uncommon to see a TV in every room of the house and in some cases, running 24/7.

We got a TiVo and cut back on watching the tube. Instead of sitting down and hunting, we see if something we recorded is on.

TV used to be the magic glowing box that connected us (one way) to the rest of the world. Prior to that there was Radio, before that Newspaper, then town criers. So the microcosm of life would have been quite different back then. We now have the Internet and computers and while they are the primary connector to the planet for most of us, cell phones are poised to overtake the PC.

Television for all of its glory could do a fade out. Even now, if you miss a show you can watch the stream. It would be quite a reversal for the industry if standard television production went bye bye.

And it is happening. If you did not catch Doctor Horrible. That was the first baby steps into uncharted entertainment. There is still quite a hang up with how something looks, and linear production, that will change.

Smaller studio's, single brand advertisement, focus on quality over eye candy. It is going to be interesting to see.

October 30, 2008

Language Barrier when in another country.

When your in another country the language barrier can be a very difficult hurdle. As this video clearly shows.

Simon Pegg my BFF (Best Foreign Film star)

October 29, 2008

Zo lays it out, (I love this guy)

The real story of Thanks Giving (Triumph over socialism)






Back in High School I had an English Teacher who challenged us student in regards to our previous held notion about Thanksgiving. It was one of my first introductions into governmental differences, and how well they work.
With us on the final days before an election with a partisan media, and a very liberal with a heavily socialist supporting past. I thought it would be a good reminder.



Storied Link References at bottom of this page.
Did you know that the first [Plymouth Colony Pilgrim's] Thanksgiving was a celebration of the triumph of private property and individual initiative?

William Bradford was the governor of the original Pilgrim colony, founded at Plymouth in 1621. The colony was first organized on a communal basis, as their financiers required. Land was owned in common. The Pilgrims farmed communally, too, following the "from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs" precept.

The results were disastrous. Communism didn't work any better 400 years ago than it does today. By 1623, the colony had suffered serious losses. Starvation was imminent.
Bradford realized that the communal system encouraged and rewarded waste and laziness and inefficiency, and destroyed individual initiative. Desperate, he abolished it. He distributed private plots of land among the surviving Pilgrims, encouraging them to plant early and farm as individuals, not collectively.
The results: a bountiful early harvest that saved the colonies. After the harvest, the Pilgrims celebrated with a day of Thanksgiving -- on August 9th.

Unfortunately, William Bradford's diaries -- in which he recorded the failure of the collectivist system and the triumph of private enterprise -- were lost for many years. When Thanksgiving was later made a national holiday, the present November date was chosen. And the lesson the Pilgrims so painfully learned was, alas, not made a part of the holiday.

Happily, Bradford's diaries were later rediscovered. They're available today in paperback. They tell the real story of Thanksgiving -- how private property and individual initiative saved the Pilgrims.

This Thanksgiving season, one of the many things I'm thankful for is our free market system (imperfectly realized as it is). And I'm also grateful that there are increasing numbers of Americans who are learning the importance of free markets, and who are working to replace government coercion with marketplace cooperation here in America and around the world.

Paul Schmidt

PS: A special thanks to long-time Advocate volunteer Cris Everett, who told us about this neglected bit of history several years ago, and who celebrates Thanksgiving on -- you guessed it -- August 9th.


-- copied from http://FreedomKeys.com/thanksgiving.htm which was copied from the Nov. 20, 1997 issue of THE LIBERATOR ONLINE at http://www.theadvocates.org/liberator/vol-02-num-21.htm



(Obama's Change = Socialism) A Vote for Obama is a vote for Change...

October 27, 2008

Life on Mars



The UK comes up with some really cool shows. Sometimes the US will actually do the original series justice in a remake. Life on Mars (ABC Thursday nights) is shaping up to be one of those shows.


Detective Sam Tyler, gets hit by a car in 2008. He wakes up and it is 1973, he is still a NYPD detective, he has a different past and an unsure future. He is trying to figure out what the hell happened, while coping with life and police work in the early 1970's.


For those of us who recall the 1970's it has some amazing moments, great songs and quite a realistic gritty feel that your view through the looking glass gives, it is quite a ride.

His new boss Lieutenant Gene Hunt (Harvey Keitel) has to be one of the more complex characters on television, I could just watch this show to seek what he is going to do next.
Then you have the background mystery of what is going on here. He has glimpses of 2008, visions of his girlfriend (who possibly lost her life). Then add to that the stacking paradox of his being a kid the same time he is an adult in the same town. It is that kind of writing that I love, I have so many questions.
The Original series has concluded, like all good BBC shows it had an ending. If you can get this through Netflix or buy the set on DVD or if you get BBC America check it out. Then wonder why our entertainment industry is so myopic.
Oh, Steve V. I think this is a show you would enjoy. (and it just started)

Creating jobs... um... not really.

Obama on Redistribution of wealth 2001 Radio Interview, My lefty Blogger The Wizard has run quite a few good reads on the Main Stream Media. I highly recommend clicking that link.

His economic predictions are pretty stark. Although, from Obama's stumping speeches to his posted 'plan' for making new jobs, I am tending to see Wiz's point.

Example: How is a $3000.00 tax break going to create one new job? It isn't. If you have a company, you are going hire a new person because you have a need. If it happens to get you a tax break, 'oh goodie' That will cover, two months payroll for this person? Although, for a political propaganda move it is brilliant. It gives you great talking points either way it goes.

The other day, while taking a shower, an idea popped into my mind. Lets say, if you have a parent stay home and you have at least one child age birth to 16. You pay no taxes. I figure you could add something like x number of hours of volunteer time at your kids school or church or shelters, certain public institutions, such as Libraries. Anyways, I thought it was the start of a great idea.

October 26, 2008

So, what could you do when you were 10?

Betcha it wasnt anything like this.... Wow!

What I do not understand is the polite clapping at the end.

Good things Happening

MSM is saying landslide for Obama. Polls are all over the place. I support McCain Palin and hope for the best. Win or loose some nice things for Republican Conservatives have happened.

Moderates are jumping ship!

The Elite intellectuals in the conservative media kept saying we needed a moderate like McCain if we had any hope of winning the election. We need to Move to the Left. We need a bigger tent. McCain can get moderates and independents and Democrats to join the Republican Party.

...Yeah, I thought it was hogwash as well.

William Weld, Colin Powell, Scott McClellan, Chuck Hagel, recently decided that what they wanted is not what they wanted. Otherwise, moving to the Left does not work.

Back when we took both houses Republicans acted like they were the minority. It was maddening. They also expected to get the same love from the MSM that the democrats enjoyed. McCain found out that the MSM is a fickle mistress if your on the Right.

While I continue to be jaundiced at the MSM and polls that seemingly try to shape opinion rather then report on opinion. I can really see a silver lining in Conservatives taking back the Grand Ole Party.

After all it did take a Carter to get us Reagan. (Obama is a Carter!)

October 25, 2008

Why Blog?

The other day, while on a walk, I questioned why am I blogging? A few steps later that was drilled down to, Why am I blogging about politics? The reasons my mind laid out for me were: No one is reading this, I really do not like upsetting people, My ideas do not seem to be understood as intended, will this really matter to anyone?
  • My Tina uses her blog as a Diary, I enjoy reading her insights into our mutual experiences.
  • I enjoy Flying Vans adventure and heroics.
  • Vince M's amazing house project,
  • Byron and Paula so I can live vicariously.
  • Ronn to joust, smile and peek into his life.
  • Joe Delta to be fascinated at his insights and logic.
  • Timmer to be confused at what he is on about or to just get irritated sometimes to laugh.
  • Rocky Family for those wonderful twin pictures.
  • George Family for catching up with his home life and ponder at his travels.
There are a few blogs I used to read then stopped because of the tactics employed. Some are no longer perused for health reasons (High blood pressure, Fear of aneurysm etc.)

Among the chaff I am finding some great political blogs that do detail reasons, comment respectfully and demand to be respected in kind. I fully understand a passionate response, less so a vitriol one. Learning to be diplomatic, ignore snide remarks and refraining from the same, does require some practice. Although, there is a time and place...

Anyways, Steve sent me an e-mail, pointing out that people do read bogs, even mine. They may not understand, they may 'get' the mood of the posting and understand that some viewpoints have merit.

Stella pointed out in a comment that "A good Democracy requires civil dissent." and capped that with my own words "We should treat people one way and ideas another"

So thus enabled, I blog onwards, trying to heed my own advice, possibly failing, but always trying. As my mom is so fond of saying. I was a trying child :)

October 24, 2008

Shoo and the Blog-o-sphere

Shoo, started blogging and drug quite a few of us into cyberspace. Yes, I did discount his influence on my blogging, but that was tongue in cheek.

Shoo was thanked for his tenacity and candor by a Progressive blogger named Stella swiftspeech. Stella received the Uber Blogger award.

I agree that Shoo has an excellent command of presenting and defending his political beliefs, in a thoughtful diplomatic style.

Something I wished I shared. He is more Fred Astaire to my Quasimodo (dance analogy there).

So Congrats Shoo.

$150,000.00 smoke screen

Obama is dropping in the polls. The Main Stream Media (MSM) is supporting Obama to the elimination of any attempt at prefessional balance. This current attempt is another stab, so do not be fooled. A Classy liberal blogger to whom I have come to have great respect for lays out the Media bashing of Palin and why its important.

CNN actually reported this:

CAMPBELL BROWN: ...[F]irst, as we do every night, we’re cutting through the bull -- a lot of sniping and a lot of stories today about Sarah Palin’s clothes. Politico.com reports that the Republican National Committee spent more than $150,000 on clothes, hair, and makeup for Palin on the campaign trail.

Now, these are not your tax dollars. This is money given by Republican donors to the RNC. But the report questions whether it's legal to use campaign cash for quote,’personal use.’ My issue: there is an incredible double standard here, and we're ignoring a very simple reality. Women are judged based on their appearance far, far more than men. This is a statement of fact. There has been plenty of talk and plenty written about Sarah Palin’s jackets, her hair, her looks. Sound familiar? There was plenty of talk and plenty written about Hillary Clinton’s looks, hair, pantsuits. Compare that to the attention given to Barack Obama’s $1,500 suits or John McCain’s $520 Ferragamo shoes. There is no comparison.

Women get scrutinized based on appearance far more than men, and look, I speak from experience here. When I wear a bad outfit on the air, I get viewer e-mail complaining about it, a lot of e-mail, seriously. When Wolf Blitzer wears a not-so-great tie, how much e-mail do you think he gets? My point is, for women, unfortunately, appearance is part of the job. If Wolf or Anderson shows up on the air without makeup, do you think you would even notice? I show up on the air without makeup, trust me, you’ll notice. This doesn't just apply to TV. All women in the public eye deal with this issue, and it’s for this reason that I think the RNC should help Palin pay for hair, clothes, and makeup. It is part of the job.

Now, you may think that’s an awful lot of money to spend on clothes, hair, and makeup, or you may complain, as some have, it’s hypocritical to sell yourself as a small-town hockey mom when you’re wearing designer clothes. That's fine. Just don't ignore the fact that there is a double standard here and personally, I think, in this campaign, with so much at stake, this is a peripheral issue. I myself have raised plenty of questions about Sarah Palin, much to the annoyance of the McCain campaign. But those questions have been about her qualifications and experience, never her appearance. Let’s keep the focus on what really matters here.


I am wondering why the MSM is ignoring that the Obama campaign deliberately disabled a basic credit card security check feature for donors. Like this example or this one.

Then we have all these polls which historically have been fairly close and now are all over the place. Is the idea that someone already won an election that has not happened supposed to sway people? Vote for a winner?

The press is also non-existant on the 401k butchery going around. The original story has been pulled from http://www.workforce.com/section/00/article/25/83/58 so here is the writeup before the write up. Until I can find another un-censored reference.

Sen. Obama's Socialist beliefs has been revealed by press crucified "Joe the Plumber" what should be the final nail in that coffin is likewise missing from the nightly news, his membership in a socialist party most of that info comes from here.

Folks, if you are counting on the MSM to bring you the facts you are sadly as out of touch as Joe Biden. Among his numerous, mostly unreported, gaffes in the Debate he claimed to go to a nonexistent Katie's Restaurant to learn the wants and needs of the middle class, it went out of business in 1986. Likewise unreported.

And just so you know I am checking various places about the Media Bias. shows I am far from alone.