Saturday, June 26, 2004

Digital Brownshirts?

OK, I've been under a rock the few days, so I'm playing catchup.

It seems that this past Thursday (6/24), Al Gore, Inventor of the Internet, decided his invention wasn't such a good idea after all. Why, those horrible conservatives of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy have used it to organize squads of "Digital Brownshirts" who do terrible things like writing letters and emails to reporters, publishers and advertisers. Why, they even have the temerity to express their opinions in blogs.

Other Democrats, like George Soros (spit) also love to equate conservatives with Nazis. Conservatives, as far as they're concerned, are the cause of all evil in the world today.

Sorry, braying jackasses, but I don't accept your point of view. I refuse to be equated with Adolph Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Kim il-Sung, Saddam Hussein, Pol Pot or any of the other dictators of the 20th and 21st centuries, who together have sent 50,000,000+ people to their deaths. You may pucker up and kiss my pink butt.

Further more, you have now inspired me to invest more of my time in opposing you and everything you stand for. I'm going to take a few of the ideas in Claire Wolfe's excellent books, 101 Things To Do 'Til the Revolution and Don't Shoot the Bastards (Yet) for monkey-wrenching liberals and begin applying them with a will.

Please note the new logo on the left. Don't forget to click on it.

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

A few changes

I've added a few (OK, more than a few) folks to the Occasional Reads heading. I'm spending way too much time surfing blogs lately.

I've also changed the template font. Next up: colors.

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Are they selling tickets yet?

Gee, it seems that a Group Other Than Government can successfully do something about getting us into space. What a shocker! Say it ain't so!

NASA has been a failure at manned space flight for years. The space shuttle was invented to keep the Apollo engineers in business, and the ISS to keep the shuttle flying. None of this is getting us closer to a permanent presence off this rock. NASA hasn't made a real leap forward since the original Moon landings.

(Did you know that NASA scours EBay and such for 8086 chips and other historical computer apparatus for the shuttle computers? My Palm Pilot has more smarts!)

God bless and keep Paul Allen, Burt Rutan, Mike Melvill and everyone else all over the country who are trying to bring space flight into private hands. It's too important to leave to the government.

Monday, June 21, 2004

Uh, gee. Have you been bored?

No, home sick. And bored, when I'm awake.

I've posted more today than any other single day since I've started this blog. I hope you find some of it worth the trouble.

I'll be quiet now.


(Via no quarters)

This lady makes me look like a liberal--take time to read her essay on "The Culture War is Over". For that matter, the whole site is interesting--"Pro-Gun Women on FULL AUTO". You gotta love it.

Do something for the troops

Got a GMail account? Good, skip to the third paragraph.

If you're a Blogger blogger and you've been skipping by the GMail invite, or you get an invite, sign up for the account, even if you have no use for it. Then keep reading.

GMail is Yet Another Free Email Account with a difference--1 GB storage. It's important since the troops in the field (you know, the ones protecting us so we can sit around and blog>) keep in touch with home primarily via email. Email with attachments, like pictures. They do email like we and our fathers did snail mail during our service.

You can do a lot in a gig. Lots of pictures, way past lots of text. Sounds good, but right now GMail is operating on an "invitation only" basis. is a clearing house so that those of us with GMail accounts can issue invites to troops who need them.

You have your instructions.

Ack! I'm agreeing with Liberals!

I feel so...out of character.

The Supremes, or rather, the conservatives among the Supremes have finally ruled on the Hiibel case.

(My original post here.)

Now you can be jailed for refusing to identify yourself to the authorities. I have to admit that Hiibel's legal reasoning is probably flawed since the request by the Nevada deputy neither violated his constitutional right against self-incrimination nor did his arrest amount to an unreasonable seizure in their original meanings.

However, it seems to me that one of the basic freedoms an individual can have is the freedom to be anonymous. If the deputy had probably cause to arrest Hiibel when he had pulled up, say he saw Hiibel slap his daughter, then he would have done so. But since he had no probable cause, he had to go fishing for some, and Hiibel's refusal to identify himself gave it to him.

This kind of thing is what makes me wonder if we have truly began the slide into Third-Worldism. Next stop: refusing an officer's request to search your vehicle during a traffic stop will grant them probable cause to search your vehicle, since the refusal indicates you're "suspicious".

Bowling for Michael Moore

If you're even a fraction as tired as I am of Michael Moore and his venomous spew, this is the website for you. Buy the book while you're at it.

All that needs saying

(Via Kim Du Toit)

Slip-Sliden' Away

(Via Jerry Pournelle)

Is it possible to have one's life ruined over hot chocolate with marshmallows? It seems this lady is destined to find out.

I didn't even know it was a crime to leave out food in bear country. Stupid, yes, but a crime? Ye Gods!

Orin Hatch needs to be Induced

Sen. Orin Hatch (R-RIAA) has decided to once again shill for his masters.

Of course, we all need to take this with a grain of salt. It's a "forthcoming bill" and "not public". Which in reality means that what is really going on is that this has deliberately been leaked, and "they're" waiting to see just how much uproar comes of it.

I would hope that, since it would mean that any technology that could possibly be used to infringe a copyright would be in dire danger of a death sentence, it will cause an ungodly uproar across the land. Think of it--any kind of network could be legally liable for copyright violations. The corporation whose network was used by employees to download movies is liable. The phone company is liable--you used a dialup Internet account to download a song. Your computer manufacturer is liable, since that piece of hardware was used on the Morpheus network. And don't forget yourself.

This kind of crap makes me want to vote Libertarian. Or maybe just stay home.