Tuesday, December 05, 2006

 

ADS - Active Denial System

From the Wired article here:

"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."

On CNN tonight, TV host Glenn Beck will be showing "Exposed: The Extremist Agenda." It will detail the real agenda of radical Islam including:
The show airs at 7pm, 9pm and midnight (Eastern I think). May be interesting. I will post a review after I watch it.

-Hank Greer
www.thesol.com

Monday, November 13, 2006

 

"you cannot make people change"

I listen to Bill Bennett's Morning in America almost everyday. Today a caller stated he felt the U.S. was wasting its money in Iraq. He said 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.

-Hank
www.thesol.com

Friday, November 10, 2006

 

Democraps: What to expect in the first 100 hours


Higher Taxes
According 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 Economy
Nancy 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 Troops
They 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!

-Hank
www.thesol.com

Thursday, November 09, 2006

 

Crap We Lost

So we lost the House and for all intensive purposes, the Senate. It is a time for reflection in the Republican party, a time to right the ship. And let me be absolutely clear on this, the Republican party will find the reasons they did something wrong. Where they, the Republican party, made the mistake.

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.

-Hank
www.thesol.com

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.

-Hank
www.thesol.com

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.

-Hank
www.thesol.com

 

John Kerry Supports Our Troops (by calling them lazy and stupid).

If you haven't heard already, John Kerry finally says how he really feels about our troops in Iraq.

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:

http://www.townhall.com/blog/g/82075af2-d494-4db3-9ef4-2c2877b3f1d3

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.

-Hank
www.thesol.com

Monday, October 30, 2006

 

Free Small Business Software from Microsoft

Microsoft has decided to give Office Accounting Express 2007 away free!!! You can get it here.

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
  • Create quotes and invoices; track expenses and employee time
  • Enter data once and share it seamlessly with other Microsoft Office system programs
  • Manage payroll and taxes with ADP’s integrated payroll service
Get a complete view of your business
  • Store and organize all your customer, vendor, employee, and financial information in one place
  • Get business insights with over 20 customizable reports
  • Easily share your books with your accountant through Office Live
Grow your business online
  • List items on eBay, track sales activity, and download and process orders
  • Email invoices and get paid faster with PayPal
  • Monitor your customers’ business credit in real-time through Equifax
Sounds good to me. I'm in the process of downloading and then I'll give it go and tell you what I think. You do the same and let me know.

ttyl

-Hank
www.thesol.com

Friday, October 27, 2006

 

Scott Adams of Dilbert

He lost his voice and retrained himself to speak again. An amazing amazing amazing story. Read it here.

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

I was totally amped when I first heard/read about Broadband over Power Lines (BPL) in this article from TXU. TXU is a Texas power company and I was hoping to sign up immediately and give it a test run.

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.

-Hank
www.thesol.com

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.

-Hank
www.thesol.com

 

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:
  1. A My Yahoo! page. Go here to set one up: http://my.yahoo.com/
  2. Firefox browser. Follow the directions to install it. Go here to download it: http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/
Let's start with the easy stuff first. After you've set up your My Yahoo! and signed in:
  1. Under the "Search" bar, click on "Change Colors".
  2. In the left hand menu click on "Holidays".
  3. Finally, click "Use this theme" for "Halloween Treats" or "Jeepers Peepers!".
Voila!!! Cool huh??? But wait! It gets better... part 2.

After you've installed Firefox and set your My Yahoo! page as your home page do the following:
  1. Get the Halloween theme here: https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1360/
  2. Click "Install Now"
  3. After the theme is installed click "Tools" from the top main menu.
  4. Click "Themes" and window will pop up with a list of themes you have installed.
  5. Click on "Halloween" and then click on "Use Theme".
  6. Finally close and reopen Firefox
When you are all finished, your browser will look like mine! Woohoo!!! Happy Halloween everyone!

-Hank
www.thesol.com

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

 

Iraq War Causes More Terrosism

Heh... that's a good one... we should stop the war, freedom just isn't worth it. Iraqi's would rather live in fear and oppression. The Iraqi women would rather be beaten by a stick and treated like cattle. We don't want to piss off the terrosists because they may fly planes into our buildings or behead civilians... OH... I see they did that before the war... weird.

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.

-Hank
www.thesol.com

Thursday, September 21, 2006

 

Illegal Immigrant Atrocities

Besides the obvious loss of tax revenue, the theft of ER services, and fraud to collect welfare, illegals committ inexcusable and heinous 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.



-Hank
www.thesol.com

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

 

Pope, Muslims, and 14th Century Quote

So the Pope's 14th century quote basically said that Mohammed decree is violent. Something everybody new, but no one really said. Here's the quote: "Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached."

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.

Ironic.

-Hank
www.thesol.com

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

 

Coup in Thailand

The military has taken over Bangkok and declared martial law while Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was in New York for the UN summit.

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.

-Hank
www.thesol.com

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