Friday, December 16, 2005

Vox on marriage

It seems that Vox Day has been reading John Ross--or maybe great minds just think alike.

"'re not his wife, you're his cook." I love that line!

The Battle for the Bill of Rights

(Via Claire Wolfe)

With the news of the day, I thought this might be appropriate reading. Actually, the entire site appears quite interesting.

Dare we hope for a Christmas miracle?

FoxNews is reporting that the US Senate has blocked a cloture vote on reauthorization of the Patriot Act *spit*.

The fight isn't over, but the forces of freedom have won a major battle. Let's hope we can hang on and win the war.

The Holiday Christmas Concert

Daughter's band and chorus put on their Holiday Christmas Concert last night.

Yes, you're reading that correctly--the world "Christmas" is prominent in the title. Making matters worse (at least if you're a bed-wetting, hand-wringing, left-wing idiot) was the playlist:
  • "Christmas Music for Winds"
  • "Coventry Carol"
  • "The Water is Wide"
  • "Ferandole"
  • A singalong consisting of "Hark! Herald The Angels Sing", "O Come All Ye Faithful", Deck the Halls", "Silent Night", "The First Noel", Joy to the World" and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas"
  • "Melt the Winter to Spring"
  • "Carol of the Bells"
  • "All the Starry Band"
  • "Mary, Did You Know"
  • "Hallelujah Chorus"
(About at this point, any Liberal bed-wetters who have stumbled across this will spontaneously combust. Good.)

I'm sure you'll notice that a few of the selections have absolutely nothing to do with Christmas, but as the band/chorus director (it's a small school) says, "There's no rule in the band manual that says all the music in a Christmas concert has to be holiday music."

However, the vast majority of the selections are all about Christmas, and rightfully so. We live in a small town in the (occupied) South, we're predominately Christian and we're celebrating...


It was really great to see white, black and hispanic students, singing and playing music that celebrates the season we're jointly celebrating. It was even better to see a good turnout of parents, family, faculty and staff for the concert, especially on the evening of a day that had been dominated by ice, sleet and freezing rain.

My thanks and gratitude to everyone who was there, and Merry Christmas!


(With only minimal apologies to David Bowie)

I've made a change to the banner above. Starting now, it's going to change from pithy quote to pity quote when I feel the urge.

I've also made a few changes to the blogroll and the links. Some of those on the blogroll have stopped blogging for various reasons, and there's not much reason to keep them around. There are some new entries as well, and I invite you to go visit.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

North Carolina puts its best foot forward again

E-voting rules head to court this week in North Carolina, where election officials stand accused of ignoring a tough new state law designed to raise the bar on procedures to ensure machines are secure and accurate.

Yes, once again the government of my home state steps on a certain male appendage.

In the suit filed last week, EFF says the North Carolina State Board of Elections -- working with the Office of Information Technology Services -- certified two vendors to sell machines in North Carolina although the vendors did not comply with a new law requiring them to place all source code for a system into escrow before the machines could be certified.

Now I can't really tell you how I know, but this isn't the Office of Information Technology Services only issue revolving around poor technology choices. The frightening thing is that the State of NC has won several awards for excellence in government computing.

Of course, we as taxpayers will have to pay to foot the legal defense bill. Our tax dollars at work.

Free Enterprise?

You know, I don't have a problem with entrepreneurship--as a matter of fact, I love it. Nothing makes me feel better than dealing with someone who is working for themselves, building a small business.

However, when you decide to build it by, in effect, stealing the words of others, I think you're a scumbag. Perhaps I'm a bit biased since I write a lot, but I know how much time and effort go into writing.( I do it for you folks for free, but hey--you're serving as a combination of free therapy and guinea pigs for my work. Love ya!) is reporting that a company named Brandimensions is using technology to scour the Internet, gathering "word of mouth" type information on various TV shows, then aggregating and selling it in the same way various pollsters take polls and sell the results. According to, Brandimensions

...used its proprietary technology to gather written comments from Internet chat rooms, message boards, blogs and the like in order to determine which new shows boast the best--and worst--buzz.

You know, this is just flat wrong. Of course, I'm sure Brandimensions would disagree, citing a "fair use" exception, or claiming that they're not reselling our actual words. Given our legal system (hey, it's the best money can buy), they may be legally correct.

However, when someone like Nielson asks me if I want to participate in a poll, I have a choice. I can say yes or no as the spirit moves me. In this case, my opinions may be taken without my permission and used to make them money.

Just because technology and the law allow something doesn't make it right, and Brandimensions is wrong.

But I doubt they care about that particular opinion.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

The final Carnival of Cordite is up

Calm down--it's the final one for this year. Gullyborg is going to take some well-earned time off. He'll return in the new year with more of that gunny goodness we all know and love.

#41 covers a lot of ground, including the Pearl Harbor anniversary, carrying for personal protection, San Freakcisco's "turn in your guns" mandate and much, much more. All in one tidy package.