Thursday, October 07, 2004

Gone fishin'

There's a lot of things I'd like to comment on, but I'm dead tired. I've been working all day to get the camper ready for a trip to the beach. So John Kerry, the VP debates, WorldNet Daily's string of items regarding invasions of our privacy and all the rest will just have to handle it themselves.

Everyone have a great weekend. Tomorrow morning, I'm pointing the nose of the truck east and not stopping 'til I hit salt water. See ya.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Wictory Wednesday rolls on

Wictory Wednesday rolls on toward victory! Other Wictory Wednesday bloggers are

The Electoral Vote Predictor is showing Bush ahead 321 to 200. Our Prez hasn't been behind according to EVP since mid-September.

Voter registration will end in many states this Friday. Let's get cracking on that one.

Also, there are other things you can do. How about taking a walk for the President? You can get some exercise, meet your neighbors and support President Bush all at once--how can you go wrong?

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Just say no to socialized medicine

(Via the Red Georgia Clay blogroll)

If you want a first-person experience, made in America by Americans, read this from Hardtack and Havoc: Government Sponsored Healthcare......NOOOOOO! This is a first person account of a military spouse's experience with military healthcare over a period of years.

Look at it this way--if you've ever seen a public housing project, you've seen how the government can screw up housing. If you've paid any attention to the post-Apollo space program, you've seen how government can screw up space exploration. If you've seen FEMA at work, you've seen how government can screw up charity. Do you really want to trust your health to these people?

For me, even after writing over $2k of checks for the old gallbladderectomy and knowing what I pay for insurance for my kids, the answer isn't 'no", but "HELL NO!"

Eric S. Raymond's Home Page

ESR has been around the Internet since before it was the Internet. However, he isn't who you might expect him to be. Check out his homepage--fascinating stuff. A case in point is Ethics from the Barrel of a Gun: What Bearing Weapons Teaches About the Good Life. A most amazing read.

A grateful nod o' the head to Shooter's Carnival for the Ethics link, which lead to the main site.

How Berkeley Can You Be?

(Via Jerry Pournelle)

The loons of Berkeley get together and hyper each other into a frenzy. I wonder how often you can get this many flakes in one place and fail to find any milk?

Mr. Chairman, if we ever resume above-ground nuclear testing, I nominate Bezerkley for a test range.

Monday, October 04, 2004

They did it!

SpaceShipOne made it, and gets to claim the bragging rights, as well as $10,000,000 in prize money. I'm waiting to see the next step. (Scaled Composites site has a cool story as well, but I expect it to move soon. Look now.)

It's worth noting that the project was financed by Paul Allen, of Microsoft fame. I've always said it would take a rich man to get civilian space flight underway. I hope he will continue to help with the financing. Thanks, Mr. Allen, for giving those of us who have given up space for themselves the hope of space for their children.

Funny, though. Bill Gates has a lot more money than Allen, and outside of the Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation, what has he done to advance the human race? Vaccines for the poor and computers for public libraries are wonderful things, but what Paul Allen has done is to jumpstart the process for Getting Us Off This Rock. Far more important, in my estimation.

History unfolding

SpaceShipOne is set to make it's bid for the Ansari X Prize today. Here's hoping for success--space flight is another in a long list of things that is too important to leave in the hands of government.

Sunday, October 03, 2004

One down, how many to go

I note on FOXNews that our troops have successfully fumigated the cockroaches in the Iraqi town of Samarra and are giving Fallujah an working over from the air. I also note that Iraqi security forces are playing a large part in the Samarra work. Good work on the part of both groups. I hope this is a new policy on the part of the US--kick ass and take names.

Bison Newsletter

If you've ever perused my website, you may have noticed I have an interest in survivalism. Well, if you share it, and you've been at it a while, you may remember the Bison Newsletter. Well, it's back in email format.

I love the page header:

Your Favorite Electronic Survivalist Newsletter E-mailed to you weekly with all the information fit for the self-sufficient and paranoid

Sample and subscription information here. Enjoy.

The obligatory debate post

(OK, I've been busy and had o time for blogging--Sue Me! Oops, a lawyer is running for vice-president...let me rephrase that....)

Kerry won on style, Bush won on substance. This is despite the seriously slanted questions from the moderator.

(Much has been made of some of the President's facial expressions. Personally, I thought the guy ought to get points for not asking the obvious question of Jim Lehrer: "Jim, would you just like to go ahead and tell the audience your car has a Kerry/Edwards bumper sticker on it?")

My question to you, Mr. or Miss or Mrs. Voter (we know how the Ms.'s among us will vote), is do you prefer style or substance?