Wednesday, April 30, 2008

eMail Joke: Happiness

Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John McCain were flying to a debate.

Barack looked at Hillary, Chuckled and said, "You know I could throw a $1,000 bill out of the window right now and make somebody very happy."

Hillary shrugged her shoulders and replied, "I could throw ten $100 bills out of the window and make ten people very happy."

John added, "That being the case, I could throw one hundred $10 bills out of the window and make a hundred people very happy."

Hearing their exchange, the pilot rolled his eyes and said to his copilot, "Such big-shots back there. I could throw all three of them out of the window and make 156 million people very happy."

I'm voting for the Pilot

Monday, April 28, 2008

Despite gravity, objects still fall...

Ridiculous headline? Maybe but no more so than this statement from the BBC Web site:

"Despite the fact there are more than 200 million guns in circulation, there is a certain tranquility and civility about American life."--BBC Web site, April 22

It never occurs to those that don't understand guns or gun owners that the rise in legal gun ownership helps drive the decline in illegal gun usage. Very similar causative effect as in keeping criminals locked up longer leads to less crime.

A glimpse of sanity!

It is only reasonable to expect someone that wants to vote to provide an approved photo-ID in order to do so. You have to provide photo-ID to write a check for goodness sakes.

If you look behind the motivations of anyone opposing photo-ID laws, you will likely find someone more interested in the "right" outcome to elections verses fair and honest elections.

I hope that Indiana is not the last state we see enact this type of legislation before November.

Professional Panhandler

Wonder if the IRS is knocking on her door.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Another peaceful liberal

He initially attacks a disabled girl in a wheel chair as opposed to the girl's father, the person that he was having a verbal altercation with. You don't see that kind of bravery every day but I guess he was just speaking truth to power...

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Deadbeats moms

Definitely a topic you do NOT hear about from the MSM. I am sure it is not considered news worthy as it runs against the prevailing wisdom.

Monday, April 14, 2008

More joys of "Michael Moore" medicine

It is (to me) shameful that Lindsay had to wait so long for Canada style medical treatment but it is a system the he and the rest of Canada want and put up with, free health care. There is a price for that though, a price that folks like Michael Moore will never have to put up with and that is waiting for care whether you NEED it or not. In this case, Lindsay thought he needed it and needed it now. Instead of waiting weeks for an MRI and months for brain surgery, he elected to come to the U.S. for treatment. Fine. He now wishes thought, to have Canada pay for it. Lindsay could have waited for treatment in Canada and Lindsay could have died by waiting but he might not have. He chose to not wait for treatment in Canada and to not wait for the waiver process so that he could legally get treatment in the U.S.. He chose to just go to the U.S. and get treatment on his dime which is fine but now he wants the government to reimburse him. I don't think I agree with that.

On the other hand, I certainly DON'T want a single payer system in the U.S.. I do want health care reform that makes sense. Reforms like a reduction in mandatory coverage and mandatory packages. There is NO reason that a man or woman should be forced to have pregnancy and prenatal care coverage in their insurance if they don't want it. A good start would be to stop government subsidies of business supplied health insurance. Yes this will hurt somewhat at first but with people more involved in the cost of health care, the more responsible they will be and the more "realistic" the costs will be.

But these issues are of no concern to Michael Moore as he has enough money to always get good health care whenever he wants it regardless of the system in place. So again, this is a situation where single payer is good enough for "the rest of us".

Thursday, April 10, 2008

But this is NOT racism!

At least according to Dr. Shakti Butler, Ph.D. "A racist is one both privileged and socialized on the basis of race by a white supremacist (racist) system. The term applies to all white people (i.e. people of European decent) living in the United States, regardless of class, gender, religion, culture or sexuality. By this definition, people of color cannot be racists, because as peoples within the U.S. system, they do not have the power to back up their prejudices, hostilities or acts of discrimination. (This does not deny the existence of such prejudices, hostilities, acts of rage or discrimination.)"

Dr. Martin Luther King would be so proud!

"People of color cannot be racists, because as peoples within the U.S. system, they do not have the power to back up their prejudices, hostilities or acts of discrimination." so this must mean that people like Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton, Reverend Wright, Cynthia McKinney, Oprah Winfrey, Tyra Banks or the 43 current black members of congress have no power what so ever and are nothing but slaves to the white power system of the U.S.?

To photograph or not to photograph...

This seems to me (me being most definitely NOT a lawyer) to be similar to not being able to require or compel people to say the Pledge of Allegiance. If I have the right to say or NOT say something, why would I not also have the right to create or NOT create something as I saw fit? Taking photographs is creating something. It was not as if this photographer had the only camera in existence and was the sole source of any photographic records. Also, as I see it, this is a private business and as such is permitted to supply (or not supply) their services to anyone they choose.

Pencil educates on lead danger

Interesting "point" and all but the "Lead Poison Prevention Project of Saginaw" should have done a little more research before selecting their new mascot. Lead has not been used in pencils for quite a number of years now. Instead graphite is used and you can not get lead poisoning from graphite...

NAACP in Detroit to have Rev. Jeremiah Wright speak at Freedom Fund dinner

Well unless he is planning to apologize to "God Damn America" and to white devils like me, I really don't see how he can advance race relations much but then again, that might not be the point...

Cell phones on airplains

Having been on a fair number of flights, I always though (or was lead to believe by the flight crew speech) that the reason you could not use cell phone on airplanes was due to worries about interference with the planes electronics/avionics. It appears the real reason is worries that your use of a cell phone on the plane will interfere with ground based cell phone use.

The agency had long opposed cellphones on planes because of potential interference with ground-based networks, until new tech solved the problem.

I am not quite sure if the ability to use a cell phone on a plane is a good thing or not. People in general are quite rude when on their phones in public. I dread being stuck on a 4 hour flight, sitting next to a loud talker on his or her cell phone...

Barack Obama’s Typical Awful White Grandmother

Too true to be a HEH

Cartoons are funny because they expose the truth in a humorous way. In my opinion, this particular cartoon is just a little too close to the truth.

What kind of research is that?

Why modern, PC driven research of course. The same type of research that refuses to accept a correlation between an increase in right-to-carry laws and a reduction in crime or the correlation between stiff gun laws and higher crime, but fully supports the "man made global warming" research while shouting down anyone that dares to produce research in opposition, but I think you already knew that.

eMail Joke: Eyewithness

A man with a gun went into a bank and demanded their money.

Once he was given the money, he turned to a customer and asked, 'Did you see me rob this bank?'

The customer replied, 'Yes sir, I did.'

The robber then shot him in the temple, killing him instantly.

He then turned to a couple standing next to him and asked the woman, 'Did you see me rob this bank?'

The woman replied, 'No sir, I didn't, but my husband did.'

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Who would have thought?

Don't light zombies on fire? I would have thought that under the right circumstances and at the right distances, blazing zombies could be quite the sight...

As everyone knows, regardless of what to do with zombies for fun, a gun shot to the head is the most effective way to end the threat.

Monday, April 7, 2008

It depends on what your definition of Voluntary is...

Oh my goodness! I can not believe he actually said this and said it on tape!

Your 'Right" to health care

What he said and it goes for all of these other "rights" that people are constantly prattling on about. I hate to break it to you but you have no "right" to affordable anything, whatever affordable means. You also have no right to air travel, a cell phone, cable, a seat in any restaurant or to shout your opinion to anyone else and not have them shout right back at you.

Murtha's Money

At least that is what he thinks!

What do you do with an old 3G 40 Gig IPod?

Well you could turn it into a USB drive like I did.
It was rather simple and easy. You start with one of these...

A 3rd generation IPod with a dead battery and a live 40 Gig hard drive.

Then you add one of these, a 1.8" drive kit. A number are available on the Internet, just Google for "USB drive case".

This USB drive case comes as a kit with; the aluminum case, a case cover, instructions (though not really needed), a software driver disk (also not really needed), a USB cable, a small screw driver and some foam pads.

You next have to open your iPod. I was able to get my thumb nail into the seam between the two case halves and open it up enough to insert a thin-bladed screw driver (not the one included in the package). After sliding it up and down the side of the case while quarter twisting the blade, the case halved popped open.

I would suggest starting on the right side as there is a thin ribbon cable inside the iPod on the left side that connects the two halves together. Once open, you can see the hard drive, connected to the front half of the iPod.

It simply pulls out and there you go, one no longer needed iPod case.

Use the included screw driver open up the USB case. Take off the end that has the USB cable connector on it. Once open, you will see the connector for the hard drive.

Plug the drive into the connector. Do not force it. This connector is such that it will not plug together if you have the drive up side down.

Slide the drive and connector back into the drive case and secure with the screws.

And there you go. All done.

Post Script:

I did not need to use any of the included foam bits and in fact, had to remove the other end of this case to take out the foam spacer that was pre-installed. The drive would not fit otherwise.

I also had some difficulty getting my computers to recognize the drive when I first tried using it. I got it worked out but only after I temporarily put the hard drive back into the iPod and connected the iPod to my computer without running iTunes. I was then able to repartition and format the drive. After that, the USB kit worked perfectly.

Update: 6/30/08

I have been using the drive since this entry was posted with no issues at all. The drive does take a few seconds to come up and be recognized by the PC but it powered completely off of the laptop even when the laptop is running off of battery. I was a little concerned about power when I was ordering the enclosure unit and could have ordered one with a dual USB cable that is designed to supply extra power to the USB device but that fear was ill founded. The drive works good and I have plenty of USB storage.

Friday, April 4, 2008

State of news today

Here is a story from today's Times Online. It is the incomplete story and nothing but the incomplete story. The story centers on a woman that was killed by a train after her foot got caught in the tracks while she was trying to cross. She was crossing illegally when the incident occurred. Two passer-by-ers tried to save her a failed. Her boyfriend is being charged with manslaughter. Why? Did he "scare" her onto the tracks? Did he drag her onto the tracks? Who knows, the story never says. This is the Times for crying out loud and they managed to mess up a 300 or so word story. What ever happened to the basic who, what, when, where and why rules of journalism? Was this story so critical that the reporter did not have time to call the police and inquire as to why the boyfriend was being charged? Again, who knows, the story does not say and as with most news reports now a days, we are just left in the dark.

Oh and the story title is a bit wanked up too, is this even proper English; "Boyfriend of Ugg boot train death woman charged"?

And the MSM has the nerve to talk about sloppy blog reporting...

Finding a good plumber

[T]ry to find, you know, a plumber, a carpenter ‑‑ we have so devalued and disrespected the work that a lot of people don't go into it, and these are not only good jobs, these are really important jobs, and the more we look at how we're going to have to retool the economy and move towards clean renewable energy, we're going need a lot of people who are installing solar panels and putting up the wind turbines and doing the work that's going to make us energy independent. Those will be good jobs that can't be outsourced. So we've got to talk about it and then act on it.

Why is it that liberals always seem to need to tell everyone else that the rest of us need to value honest laborers? We already do. When I find an honest plumber or car mechanic, they have a customer for life. Conservatives value an honest days work no matter what the task. We just don't think we have to go around all the time telling everyone else they have to appreciate it to.

Me thinks this is a bit of projection and it goes something like, liberals think they are far better at tackling the big problems of society than everyone else because, well they just care more and "know" more. As such, they are BIG IDEA people. Little ideas like how a car engine works, how to change a tire, or how to fix or install a garbage disposal are just so beneath them and tasks more suited for "commoners". As a result, to not feel like such a snob, they go around reminding everyone else how honorable manual labor can be without having either much experience with it or understanding that everyone else already gets it.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

I want a grown-up attitude...

I want you to have a grown-up attitude too. I truly would have expected more sense from a 64 year old woman and what I get instead is more like this:

I want a grown-up attitude to Cuba, for instance, a country and people I love. I want an end to the war immediately, and I want the soldiers to be encouraged to destroy their weapons and drive themselves out of Iraq. I want the Israeli government to be made accountable for its behaviour to the Palestinians, and I want the people of the US to cease acting as if they don't understand what is going on. But most of all I want someone with the confidence to talk to anyone, "enemy" or "friend", and this Obama has shown he can do.

Where to start?

We have a grown up attitude to Cuba. If we had a childish attitude, we would not have stopped at but one failed attempt to dispose of a tyrant that has plagued the country and people you love for too many years.

You want to end the war immediately? And if doing so results in the thousands of Iraqi dead that most knowledgeable people predict, that is just the cost of getting out and GWB's fault too?

You want the Israeli government to be made accountable for its behaviour to the Palestinians, well I want the Palestinians and the rest of the Arab world held accountable for their behaviour toward Israel. You believe they have not acted in good faith? I beg to differ. I believe that they have been far more restrained than I would be if I were not only surrounded by people that want to eliminate me from the face of the earth but constantly show me that their attitudes have not recently changed by lobbing rocket bombs at me on a daily basis.

You also want the people of the US to cease acting as if they don't understand what is going on. From my vantage point it is mostly those of the "community based reality" that insist on acting like they don't know what is going on and instead act like they are on a grade school play ground and some adult will show up at any moment and set it all right.

Last but not least you want someone with the confidence to talk to anyone, "enemy" or "friend". There is a big difference between talking to someone and wasting your breath while those you talk to use that time to plan and prepare for your destruction. Ask the citizens of North Korea how well all the talking has been going lately. I am quite sure none of them are starving any more since we have all spent so much time talking. Ask the people in Dufar how well talking is working on not getting them wiped out.

It is one thing to have hope and it is another to completely forget that you live in the real world where there are people that are not only just not nice but people that so truly hate other people that they will do all in their power to crush and/or kill them, people that are so drunk with power that everyone else's life is worth the price for them to hang on to that power. I hate to say this to a 64 year old woman but please grow up.