Tuesday, December 05, 2006
ADS - Active Denial System
"The crowd is getting ugly. Soldiers roll up in a Hummer. Suddenly, the whole right half of your body is screaming in agony. You feel like you've been dipped in molten lava. You almost faint from shock and pain, but instead you stumble backwards -- and then start running. To your surprise, everyone else is running too. In a few seconds, the street is completely empty."
Wow! Read the article. This technology has many, many future implications both good and bad.
I think I like it, but also recognize the level of abuse that can happen (again, read the article). Maybe limit it to war use only. No domestic use unless we are actually fighting a war on American soil.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
"Political correctness is going to kill us."
- children being brainwashed
- anti-Israel and U.S. propaganda
- suicide bombers being psyched-up
Monday, November 13, 2006
"you cannot make people change"
I think the caller failed to really understand what the hope is in Iraq. Under Saddam, the people had no choice. They had NO free will. They had to like and do what Saddam wanted. The people may not want to change (unlikely), but we are there to guarantee they get a choice. A free will to change if they want to.
Friday, November 10, 2006
Democraps: What to expect in the first 100 hours
Higher TaxesAccording to an article on NewsMax, "Charles Rangel of New York is set to become the new chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, the most powerful committee in the House, with jurisdiction over taxes, trade, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Rangel has already said he would put all of the Bush tax cuts on the congressional "chopping block" and wouldn't continue "a single one" of the cuts when they expire after 2010."
Weaker EconomyNancy Pelosi wants to "target the big oil companies". The Dems want to raise the minimum wage. Small businesses will be the real victims here and it will have a cascading effect that will affect the whole economy. According to the SBA's article small firms:
• Represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms.
• Employ half of all private sector employees.
• Pay more than 45 percent of total U.S. private payroll.
• Have generated 60 to 80 percent of net new jobs annually over the last decade.
• Create more than 50 percent of non-farm private gross domestic product (GDP).
When Pelosi starts (over) taxing the big oil companies, who will have a harder time paying more to get and have their goods delivered? When the Dems raise the minimum wage, who will have a harder time being able to afford employees? Who will have a harder time creating new jobs?
a) SMALL BUSINESS
b) small business
c) Small Business
d) All of the above
Less TroopsThey also want to cut interest rates in half for student loans. That means more people will work hard and go to college and not get stuck in IRAK. HA!
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Crap We Lost
Unlike the Democrats in 2004. According to Byron York, a political analyst from National Review, the Liberal group MoveOn.org, asked their members what went wrong in 2004. The top 2 issues were election reform and media reform. They felt the election was stolen and Fox News is unfair. In other words, they were blaming someone or something else. God forbid the Dems themselves might be at fault.
So, the main reason the Republicans lost... I think the campaign by Bush about the war was wrong. His message was wrong. People are unhappy about the war, but the reasons they are unhappy are different. There are those that are unhappy we went to Iraq all and there are those that are unhappy we are not winning.
Bush, instead of going on and on about staying the course and not leaving, should have been giving concrete examples of why we are winning the war in Iraq. If the American people felt we were winning the war, I feel, we'd have won this election.
Friday, November 03, 2006
A Provocative Story
In Wired Magazine I read the most interesting and provocative short story. It was written by Ernest Hemingway and here's the entire story:
"For sale: baby shoes, never worn."
I don't know if this affects you the same way, but it made me think and think and think. Why were the shoes never worn? What happened to the baby? Did the baby die? Did an adoption go awry? Maybe the baby was kidnapped? In any case, I think the story is fascinating.
In the link to Wired Magazine (above), some celebrities also made an attempt at penning their own short stories: Joss Whedon, Stan Lee, Kevin Smith, and many more. Take a gander and then, if you'd like, post a comment with your own (6 word) short story. I'd love to read some.
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
UPDATE on Kerry
John Kerry has finally apologized. He apologized for a botched joke, but did not apologize for insulting the troops in Iraq!
In addition, he says he's returning to Washington D.C. because he does not want to be "a distraction". In other words, he's the "kiss of death" now for any Democrat associated with him and I'm fairly sure, destroyed his chances for a second presidential run.
From Kerry's voting and attendance record, I'm surprised he knows where Washington D.C. is.
Here's the complete article on Yahoo.
UPDATE - Kerry gave a more "heartfelt" apology on his web site.
John Kerry Supports Our Troops (by calling them lazy and stupid).
Here's the quote by John Kerry:
"You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq."
I tried to find the video clip on You Tube but wasn't successful. I did find it at TownHall.com and here it is:
In addition, Kerry says, "I apologize to no one". In this article I found on News Max, Kerry asserts the comment was misconstrued and the article also details the level of education of our troops.
Oh man, this is just too perfect.
Monday, October 30, 2006
Free Small Business Software from Microsoft
I first read about this at PCWorld.com in this article. Here's what Microsoft's IdeaWins web site says it can do:
|Save time on everyday tasks |
| Get a complete view of your business |
| Grow your business online |
Friday, October 27, 2006
Scott Adams of Dilbert
Don't forget to read the comments left by his readers at the end of the blog. It will cheer you up.
Friday, October 06, 2006
Broadband over Power Lines - BPL
Doh! BPL is only rolling out in Dallas, TX and Germantown, MD. I keep sending emails to TXU for updates of when BPL is going to roll out to Houston. To date, there is no ETA for Houston. Bummer.
BPL actually comes in 2 parts. First the internet connection from outside your home to your home. That's where TXU's BPL service comes in. Second, the internet connection within your home, your home network. Instead of running ethernet wires all over the house or using (slower) wireless networks, you can just plug into a power outlet anywhere in your house for your internet connection! Sweet Huh?
Anyway, BPL continues to look promising and offers 200 megabits per second (and real-world speeds approaching 100 mbps). The hardware for BPL for home networks as detailed in this PCWorld.com article on Yahoo has featured HomePlug Powerline Alliance and mentioned two other competitors, Panasonic and NetGear.
I case you didn't know, if you have a broadband from your cable company, it is only running between 1-5 mbps. Go here to test your speed and don't forget to divide the number you get from that test by 1000. The numbers presented by that test are in kilobits per second, not megabits; 1 megabit = 1000 kilobits.
Thursday, October 05, 2006
YouTube censoring ANTI-jihadist videos
The new YouTube logo :)
I read on TownHall.com that YouTube is censoring videos that are ANTI-jihadist. Apparently Michelle Malkin had posted a video and received an email from YouTube citing her video as inappropriate. She sent an email requesting details on why her video was inappropriate. You can see the email and details here. Here is Michelle's banned movie, you decide.
In addition, the "YouTube Community" is requiring bogus verification stating that the YouTube Conservative Group videos are this: "This group may contain content that is inappropriate for some users, as flagged by YouTube's user community.".
I'm going to call BullSh!t.
Free At Last
Ok, now that I've freed myself from my self imposed shackles, I will no longer just be blogging about politics. I have many more interests than that: Entrepreneurship, technology, golf, irony, photography, reading, golf, and oh yeah, golf.
So to start off my new found freedom, let's just say I LOVE Halloween! So here are some tips to make your Halloween that much more fun.
Here's what you'll need:
- A My Yahoo! page. Go here to set one up: http://my.yahoo.com/
- Firefox browser. Follow the directions to install it. Go here to download it: http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/
- Under the "Search" bar, click on "Change Colors".
- In the left hand menu click on "Holidays".
- Finally, click "Use this theme" for "Halloween Treats" or "Jeepers Peepers!".
After you've installed Firefox and set your My Yahoo! page as your home page do the following:
- Get the Halloween theme here: https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1360/
- Click "Install Now"
- After the theme is installed click "Tools" from the top main menu.
- Click "Themes" and window will pop up with a list of themes you have installed.
- Click on "Halloween" and then click on "Use Theme".
- Finally close and reopen Firefox
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Iraq War Causes More Terrosism
In fact, if we had known it would have pissed the British off so much, we wouldn't have had the Boston Tea Party. If we had known it would have pissed the Japanese off so much, we wouldn't have bombed Hiroshima. If we had known it would have pissed off Fidel Castro and the Soviet Union so much, we wouldn't have created the Naval Blockade around Cuba.
Man so much strife for so little a thing.
Freedom. Let it ring.
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Illegal Immigrant Atrocities
The latest example in the headlines happened near Denver, CO. A woman was dragged by her neck behind a truck for over a mile at high speed. They still have not been able to identify her.
In October 4, 2005, Fourteen field laborers (notice they're called field laborers instead of illegal immigrants) broke into an 18-year-old woman's home, dragged her across the street and then took turns raping her, investigators said.
How about John Lee Malvo? Does that name ring a bell? Maybe you'll recognize him as the "DC Sniper". He shot and killed 10, that's right count them, 10 people because he was not deported as he should have been in December, 2001.
Many of these illegal immigrants commit the crimes and then run to Mexico where that corrupt government will not extradite the criminals.
Illegal immigration must be stopped and enforced. There is real human cost, not just monetary, not just psychological, but a real HUMAN cost. I don't know if a wall will work, but heavily fining and punishing the people, companies, and businesses that hire illegals will have an immediate and lasting affect.
If there are no jobs here for them, there is very little reason for them to come here.
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Pope, Muslims, and 14th Century Quote
The (radical, extremist, whatever) Muslims say this is mischaracterization and insulting. Their response was to burn down churches, kill a nun, and call for the assasination of the Pope.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Coup in Thailand
All television channels relayed a written statement saying the armed forces and police were in control of Bangkok and surrounding provinces, and appealed for calm.
Thaksin Shinawatra is accused of undermining Democracy. The Council of Administrative Reform (backed by the military) wants political reform and has said elections will be held soon, of which Thaksin Shinawatra will allowed to be involved.
Thaksin Shinawatra family's decision in February to sell its controlling stake in one of the country's biggest telecommunications groups, Shin Corp., to Singaporean investors raised the ire of critics and many Thais accused the family of insider trading, avoiding taxes and letting loose an important national asset to foreign hands.I personally hope this coup will strengthen the democracy in Thailand. Thailand is a country rich in tradition, natural resources, and wonderful people. Unfortunately for them, their governments have let them down far too many times.