Friday, October 06, 2006

An observation

Last night, a cold front passed through, bringing rain and much cooler temperatures. On the drive to work this morning, the change in leaf colors was very perceptible. Yesterday, in the sun, everything seemed green. Shades of green, not the near-uniform dark green of summer.

Leaves, knocked off by the night's rain, lay on the road and in yards. A cool wind and the passage of cars stirred them. Rain splatted on the windshield as I drove.

I'm off to Camp Freehold for the weekend. It's going to be cool, and I'm taking what has become a rare weekend off from working on something or other in order to take the kids to the range. Old Friend's Son is also going to make the trip; he needs to zero his deer rifle before gun season starts.

Saturday night will mean a meal of chili and a sitdown around a campfire.

I think fall is officially here.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Pruning the HP rot

I missed the story yesterday that criminal charges have been filed in the HP spying-leaking case. According to, former Chairman Patricia Dunn and former HP senior lawyer Kevin Hunsaker, along with a private detective and an employee at a data broker are scheduled to turn themselves in tomorrow.

Of course, there is a political aspect to this, as the California Attorney General's office is involved, but it's nice to know someone is at least looking at this.

I'd still like to know just exactly how a company of HP's history and stature could allow themselves to ever get involved in something like this. One of the soon-to-be defendant's lawyers said that his guy did nothing wrong, but was acting " end an unprecedented and prolonged breach of fiduciary duties that was harming the company."

Maybe so, but I still think there were other ways than taking unethical and possibly illegal actions. Two wrongs don't make a right, as the old fellow used to say.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Know your enemy

(Via Chaos Manner)

It starts with

"The Jihad, the Islamic so-called Holy War, has been a fact of life in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East for more than 1300 years..."

and ends with

"The West has forgotten who our enemies are, but worse, we have also forgotten who we are. We are going to pay a heavy price for this historical amnesia."

The middle is long, involved, thought-provoking and well worth your time.

Tech Support from a tree stand

Oh Lord, my sides *hurt*.

Oh yeah. Bow season ends November 3, muzzle-loading season starts November 4 and ends November 10 and gun season starts November 11 and ends January 1. At least around here.

Bambi-burgers--it's what's for dinner.

Slimeball politicians

(But I repeat myself....)

I've been watching with some amusement and some alarm the flap revolving around the Mark Foley "Hey young man, would you like a drink/ice cream/gay sex?" thing. Amusement from:
  • Watching politicians twisting themselves into pretzels to distance themselves from him
  • Watching politicians vying to outdo each other with "We told our leaders he was a pervert, but NO-O-O!" sound bites
  • Watching the Democrats nearly pissing themselves in excitement as they think that they finally have something they can use to drag themselves back into power
  • Watching the political punditry opine on the subject, knowing full well they have no earthly idea what they're talking about
The alarm comes from the idea that the Democrats may actually have something that they can use to drag themselves back into power. For gun owners and fans of small government, this is scarey. (Of course, fans of small government aren't exactly entranced by the Republicans, but I digress.)

Now, I want you to go read this from the Capitalist Lion, then come back here.

Mr. Lion has perhaps the best take on the entire nasty subject that I've seen so far. Yeah, Foley is a sleeze and an embarrassment to the Republicans. However, when faced with the fact that his misdeeds were about to become very public, he did the right thing, for whatever reason, and resigned. That doesn't pardon him for what he did, but as Mr. Lion correctly points out, it does show a major difference between Republicans and Democrats.

As gun owners, we don't have the luxury of being able to "send a message" to the Republicans by staying home in a month. The last time we sent that message (the 1992 elections), we got Bill Clinton. If we stay home, we may just get a Democrat-controlled Congress. Can you say "Son of Assault Weapon Ban"? How about "President Hillary Clinton"? Yeah, I thought so. Doesn't exactly sound good, does it?

Do like I'm going to do, go out, take your nose firmly in hand, and vote for the Republican louses. The alternative is worse.

Now, when do we get someone we can vote for, rather than against?

(EDIT: Vox Day has another opinion. I can see his point, but I can't quite bring myself to agree with him. It feels like cutting my nose off to spite my face.)

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Catching up on the Carnival of Cordite--again

This just isn't the year for gunblogging for me, I guess. Or shooting. I haven't gotten to the range in months. The callus on my trigger finger is almost gone.

Moving sucks. It eats all your time and energy, not to mention money. Worse yet, every time you think you may be seeing the end of the tunnel, it turns out it's one of your family with a flashlight, saying "Hey! I just found 4 more boxes of stuff!" One day, I'm simply going to start moving the boxes directly from storage to trash. I think it would simplify the process considerably.

At any rate, I'd like to catch up on the Carnival of Cordite again.

First, Gullyborg is apparently not hosting the CoC any longer. I'm not sure why that came about; I suppose it's another thing I've missed this year while slogging through the moving process.

Second, Spank the Donkey is hosting CoC, and getting some good reviews in the process.

Third, here's the 73rd Carnival of Cordite, a "Best of" compilation.

Fourth, here's the 74th Carnival of Cordite. Check especially the entry from the host, "Size Matters".

Wouldn't this be an interesting development?

Gunmen linked to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement threatened Tuesday to assassinate leaders of the rival Hamas group...

That would be one way to slow then down.

Keepin' the ol' Windows runnin'

(Via Original story here.)

If you're stuck running Windows, you may be like a lot of people, refusing to upgrade to the latest, greatest, most bug-laden version. Between the cost of hardware upgrades and the new OS (or if you're smart, the cost of a new computer with the OS pre-installed), it's expensive--and why spend that money if your old computer is still doing what you need it to do?

However, Microsoft does not support older versions of the OS, such as NT and 98. This is guaranteed to cause you security problems, as holes in these operating systems continue to come to light. These problems could lead to such fun consequences as some deviant in Bulgaria draining your bank accounts after he obtains the login information for you online banking portal.

There is hope. ZERT, the Zeroday Emergency Response Team, is a group of security professionals who are volunteering their time to patch these old, unsupported operating systems. There is also no guarantee that their patches won't trash your system, but they do provide the source code if you care to peruse it.

Worthy of a look if you're still running one of these old OSes. Or of course, you can try Ubuntu. :-)