Random Musings of an Unfit Human

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4.10.2006

Back so soon?

Damn, now I'm on a roll...my blood is boiling as I read this article about another retired general who speaks out against Rumsfeld. What drives me nuts is that this is a punative administration. If General Newbold, or any other general, would speak out while in active duty, they would be punished, or perhaps even character assassinated. Dubya's people don't debate, they attack, they discredit.

I was speaking to a coworker earlier who is so far up Dubya's ass he can taste what Georgie had for dinner and on this topic he not only agree, but he has come to believe that it is the RIGHT thing to do. I fully admit that it is the common thing to do, but that sure as fuck doesn't make it right.

Talk about issues. Debate them. Look at my point of view and if you don't like it then you are more than welcome to either comment on it or even ignore me. But don't attack my history in an attempt to invalidate my opinion.
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Coming Home

Yeah, it has been a while, hasn't it? I would love to say that I have had nothing to add to this digital cacophony we call the internet, but I've posted my ass off on other sites. Why haven't I updated this? Who the hell knows. Let's blame it on lazyness, ok?

Here are some things that have interested me...

The ongoing fight between evolution and intelligent design. We are going back to the monkey trials, but in reverse. Does creationism have a place in the modern science class?

Dubya's ongoing delusions. Wow, this guy just amazes me daily. He is completely oblivious about the realities of the world around him, the consequences of his actions, and his own popularity.

This is from the Post, so take your prescribed grain(s) of salt before reading, but it is certainly an interesting perspective...http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/blog/2006/04/10/BL2006041000588.html

What we do know is that he authorized the release of the Plame information. Legal or not, it is absolutely true that he lied. He is somewhere between a hypocrite and a criminal at this point. Yet he continues, with blinders on, to charge full on at Iran. Whether it will be another failed invasion or a series of tacticle nuke strikes it will be a disaster in my honest opinion.

I'll try to post more soon.
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8.02.2005

Mexican mercenaries expand base into U.S.�-�Nation/Politics�-�The Washington Times, America's Newspaper

Mexican mercenaries expand base into U.S.�-�Nation/Politics�-�The Washington Times, America's Newspaper

And we are spending how many billions of dollars in Iraq? We need to protect our own boarders first.
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7.12.2005

A Hawk Questions Himself as His Son Goes to War

A Hawk Questions Himself as His Son Goes to War

I'm going link-mad today. A great read regardless of your views on the war.
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CIA Leak Quotes - Yahoo! News

CIA Leak Quotes - Yahoo! News

A great AP rundown of the history of some relevent quotes on the Rove mess.
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Press Batters McClellan on Rove/Plame Link

Press Batters McClellan on Rove/Plame Link

Look at the way they dance. They are doing anything they can to avoid having to fire one of Dubya's boys. I've sent a letter to GW, plus my Congressmen asking for swift and severe action against Rove. I doubt anything will happen, however. They will just find someone else to bomb to get this off of the front page.
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7.08.2005

Undead

Ever have one of those days where you are just in a daze? I got 4 hours of sleep on Wednesday night and about 2 last night. I’m a damn zombie this morning.

The world is moving about three times faster than I can react. My eyes are screaming when I ask them to focus on any object within three feet. The level of concentration it is taking to make sure these sentences are vaguely coherent and conform to some respectable level of grammar is astounding.

It is times like this where I believe that a perfect afterlife is a huge bed with a massive overstuffed comforter. The air is just cool enough to make you want to curl up under the blankets, holding them tightly to your chin. There is no alarm clock by your side, just a shuttered window which will let the sun wake you when it is late enough that you can’t ignore the ongoing world outside anymore.

Damn, I’m torturing myself.
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6.29.2005

Guest Viewpoint: The party's over for betrayed Republican - The Register-Guard, Eugene, Oregon, USA

Guest Viewpoint: The party's over for betrayed Republican - The Register-Guard, Eugene, Oregon, USA

You know, I'm not a GOP guy because I can't stand what the current party is doing. I agree with every single damn point this guy makes...and I'm considered to be a liberal by many. If the current GOP makes me a liberal, how far are they from their party base?
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6.17.2005

Winand? It doesn't have the ring of Wintel, does it?

I was at the Microsoft Teched conference last week and I was amazed to see the level of presence that AMD had. Entire sessions were dedicated to the AMD64 cpu's and how WinXP/2k3 64-bit will work together. Much less time was devoted to Intel's x64 cpu, which must really piss them off. They've been the big boys for so long that it has to be like sand in your jockeys to see AMD in the limelight.

But if you take a minute and look at the cpu landscape over the past few years you'll see that AMD has made incredible change, not only in their own business, but also in the whole sector of the economy.
All in all, it has been a good few years for AMD. Now they need to somehow keep the momentum going and start returning a predictable profit.
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6.16.2005

The Media actually reports news!

So this story is actually making some minor rounds on the American media circuit these days, I'm impressed. I've been following this story through the BBC for weeks now and it just now gets posted in a minor side link on CNN.com. I guess either the news organizations or the American public, or both, would rather spend time obsessing about sensationalistic cases like brides running away, 18 year old girls disappearing in Aruba, or Michael Jackson diddling some boy while his parents watch. Meanwhile, our sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, friends and neighbors are dying overseas in a war that our government may very well have fabricated evidence to start.

And Clinton was impeached for a blowjob...sad, sad world.
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Let Freedom Ring

Ahh..did you feel that? That sweet, albeit short, breeze of freedom which slipped through the cracks of our oppressive regime. It seems that a combination of libertarian conservatives and liberals (who would have thought those two would get together) voted to limit the extreme powers of the Patriot Act. Even though Adolf Bush has said he will veto it, it is refreshing to see that there are people in Congress with common sense and at least a rudimentary grasp of what freedom means. Privacy is part of freedom, hence the Fourth Amendment. Allow me to quote: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. Although it isn’t explicit in the Constitution, I feel that personal privacy (not institutional privacy) is a very important foundation in the 4th Amendment.

If you get a chance, do a http://news.google.com search on this story to get multiple points of view. The more information you get, the better you will be.

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6.08.2005

as time goes by...

October? Has it really been that long since my last post? Well, I'm sure that all of you out in blogspace have been eagerly awaiting the lastest, albiet delayed, entry in my fascinating journal.

I've actually come up with a few rants, of all sorts, but for today I'll just do a quick summation.

Life is good. Very good.
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10.22.2004

www.childsplaycharity.org

www.childsplaycharity.org

There is enough shit in this world to fill Lake Superior about 14 times over, and all too often there isn't enough good to begin to couter that. But every once in a while you may see something that beings to restore your faith in not only humanity, but in our culture.

Penny Arcade is an online comic strip which deals with overwhelming social issues like video games and...not too much else. To call Gabe and Tycho's site off-color is an insult to off-color sites everywhere as topics dealing with the color of ducks' cocks and pictures of shit-filled toilets are not avoided...nay, they are celebrated. However, those of us who may have been shorted in the genetic lottery, it can be quite upsetting to realize that Gabe and Tycho both grabbed more wit and talent than two people have any right to; I do hope we each get a separate pool to draw from. They are funny, artistic, and their posts are very well written. In a time that sees our president abusing the English language like a 12-year-old Ted Bundy abused the neighborhood cats, to see a site that uses irony, sarcasm, and literacy with as much grace as they use color in their comics is a welcome relief.

So last year after hearing all of the shit and blame that gets tossed on video games and gamers, they decided to fight back by doing a toy drive for their local (Seattle) children's hospital. A month later they were delivering one quarter of a million dollars worth of toys and donations to the hospital. That is not a typo nor an exaggeration. $250,000. That is serious good karma.

This year they are expanding the drive to a total of 6 cities and will certainly get my support. I hope they get yours as well.
|| Kelly O'Connor, 2:25 PM || link || (0) comments

www.childsplaycharity.org

www.childsplaycharity.org

There is enough shit in this world to fill Lake Superior about 14 times over, and all too often there isn't enough good to begin to couter that. But every once in a while you may see something that beings to restore your faith in not only humanity, but in our culture.

Penny Arcade is an online comic strip which deals with overwhelming social issues like video games and...not too much else. To call Gabe and Tycho's site off-color is an insult to off-color sites everywhere as topics dealing with the color of ducks' cocks and pictures of shit-filled toilets are not avoided...nay, they are celebrated. However, those of us who may have been shorted in the genetic lottery, it can be quite upsetting to realize that Gabe and Tycho both grabbed more wit and talent than two people have any right to; I do hope we each get a separate pool to draw from. They are funny, artistic, and their posts are very well written. In a time that sees our president abusing the English language like a 12-year-old Ted Bundy abused the neighborhood cats, to see a site that uses irony, sarcasm, and literacy with as much grace as they use color in their comics is a welcome relief.

So last year after hearing all of the shit and blame that gets tossed on video games and gamers, they decided to fight back by doing a toy drive for their local (Seattle) children's hospital. A month later they were delivering one quarter of a million dollars worth of toys and donations to the hospital. That is not a typo nor an exaggeration. $250,000. That is serious good karma.

This year they are expanding the drive to a total of 6 cities and will certainly get my support. I hope they get yours as well.
|| Kelly O'Connor, 2:24 PM || link || (1) comments

10.06.2004

TheStar.com - Astronaut flew high on wings and a prayer

TheStar.com - Astronaut flew high on wings and a prayer

Great story. This entire X-Prize thing harkens back to the days of Charles Lindbergh and barnstorming when people did things for the challenge. There is a barrier to be broken, so by god why don't we try to break it.

What has been accomplished in this flight is astounding. The future is even more incredible with 7-up about to start sending contest winners to space. Think about that. You open up your Diet Cherry 7-up, look at the bottle cap, and next thing you know you are on your way through the stratosphere.

The commercial interests are not only obvious, but completely necessary. This is still a capitalistic society and it is money which drives innovation. I don't care WHY people go up there, but that they do is very important. We have to as a species keep pushing our boundaries, trying to go farther and higher and faster.

It is an exiting time right now.
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10.01.2004

Yahoo! News - Lawmaker expresses "dismay" that White House allegedly wrote Allawi speech

Yahoo! News - Lawmaker expresses "dismay" that White House allegedly wrote Allawi speech

Further evidence that any belief in actual Iraqi sovereignty is nothing more than a myth. You might as well believe in Jesus.
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9.22.2004

Gregg Hay

Hey, I tried to email you back but I got a delivery failure that your email account is inactive. Try again?
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9.16.2004

Salon.com News | Annan breaks his silence

Salon.com News | Annan breaks his silence

Wow, this is actually note worthy. Will this have any impact on the elections? Probably not, but it is interesting regardless.
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8.17.2004

Wired News: Flight ID Fight Revived

Yes it has been a while since I've blogged, but I finally have something to say...Privacy continues to be an issue in this country, and I think it will be for years to come. Technology is just too easily abused to remove all privacy for this to not be an issue consistently over the next 50 years.

However this article is about a more general privacy, not technology driven, where we should have a right not only to travel without "showing our papers" but also we should have a right to be aware of the laws/regulations our government puts on us. Part of the fight in this case is even getting the government to admit it has such a regulation, while every person who has been on a domestic flight over the past 2 years (or 6) can testify that they are required to show ID.

The concepts here are just too much to ignore. Are we going to set up checkpoints at state/city boundaries next and require papers shown whenever you crossed? It sure would help nab fleeing criminals, so it's good, right? No. There comes a point where privacy outweighs the concern of security. Where at some point you have to say "too much" and back off.

We are not there yet as a society. I am. Others are. But as a whole, we are far from it.
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