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Friday, September 29

Friday cat and bird blogging  


I don't have pictures, but Grizelle brought in a wren this morning.

I woke up and got on the computer, and then heard The_Rose get up and go to the bathroom where I promptly heard an "Oh shit!"

Turns out Grizelle had caught the wren, and released it in the bathroom. I had to search for it, as it ended up hiding behind the shampoo bottles on a rack in the shower tub. I threw a towel around it, and gently got it trapped, whereupon I took it outside through the front door, set the towel down on the ground, and gently lifted the towel to free the bird. The bird promply made a bee line for the cedar tree in our front line, where it managed to gather its wits before going on with the rest of its day.

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Sunday, September 24

Ninja me!  


Ninja!

Cute! I'll have to show this to the Russian!

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Friday, September 22

Watch that karma baby!!!  


You Have Fantastic Karma

You are a kind, sensitive, and giving person.
And all your good deeds will pay off - if they haven't already.
But you're not so concerned with what you get in return anyway.
You have an innate caring nature - and nothing can change that!
How's Your Karma?

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Wednesday, September 20

A short update on Sparx  


Sparx IMed me today.

According to the investigation, his vehicle was hit with 5 ERPs (Explosively Formed Projectile), basically steel tubes filled with whatever explosive that can be found capped with copper, so that the copper melts and burns through armor.

Lovely!

His Kevlar protected him from some shrapnel. It almost got him in his ear evidently.

All I can say is wow at this point in time.

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You Are Incredibly Logical

Move over Spock - you're the new master of logic
You think rationally, clearly, and quickly.
A seasoned problem solver, your mind is like a computer!
How Logical Are You?


Yeah, that would be correct! happy

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Tuesday, September 19

Sparx got hit!  


The VA called today. Multiple times.

I was out of the house when they called the first time. But they left a message to call the VA. The person who answered took my name. Immediately put me on hold while I waited a few minutes, and then asked why I was calling (since my last name evidently wasn't pulling any thing up), when I told them that I had two stepsons in the Army, and gave them their last name. A Lance Corporal Munyoz then proceeded to tell me that Sparx had been driving a an armored Humvee and had been hit by an IED. He told me that Sparx had got bounced around inside the cab and had suffered a concussion, but had been treated and was released back to duty.

I promptly called the people I needed to get called, The_Rose and his real dad. I left a message with Garfield116 to let him know that his brother was fine. I waited until his younger brother and sister got home before I told them what happened.

I was really getting cranked up there before they told me that he was OK. I knew this wasn't a good phone call.

I did get a call from Sparx today. He told me that it was actually three devices that went off, and that these devices were armor penetrating. His gunner lost a leg, and his commander got hit in the back, and got hit with some of the shrapnel. The commander will make a full recovery. He is of course still in shock. The explosions blew off all the doors. Sparx treated both the gunner and the commander, and saved both of their lives by acting as quickly as he did. Three hours passed before he actually got into some semblance of normalcy, and found out that he himself was OK. He doesn't remember a whole lot of those three hours. He drove the vehicle back to an emergency check point.

His main complaint right now was that he didn't have a vehicle to drive, and he lost two good friends.

That's all the news I've got right now.

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Monday, September 18

Robert Scoble is wrong  


Scobleizer - Tech Geek Blogger

I understand Robert's push for vlogging, because that is the point that he's trying to evangelize push now. The issues (and I know he's addressed them before here.

No scanning/skimming is a big problem for me. I just don't have time. Maybe I'll watch something around 3 minutes, but a lot of stuff that I click on that is longer, I just say screw it, and skip it completely.

Meanwhile Dave Winer is talking about going the other way with RSS feeds for his mobile phone. Make it fit that small screen!

Me? I'll be happy when I get my ultimate computer, a transparent sheet plastic no thicker than a CD/DVD or less of whatever size that I want that charges off whatever it can, light, radio, whatever. Touch sensitive instead of a mouse, with at least a couple of terabytes of storage. You queue up a bunch of files for somebody, then put the two "sheets" together and the speed increases as the area of overlap increases.

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Wednesday, September 13

What's my personality cluster  


Your Personality Cluster is Introverted Thinking

You are:

Objective, honest, and credible
Intellectually curious, with many diverse interests
More inclined toward ideas than people
Fiercely independent and unapologetically unconventional
What's Your Personality Cluster?

Yep. Sounds like me.

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Very interesting.

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Tuesday, September 12

Core 2 Duo mobo's fron ASUS  


Asus P5W DH Deluxe Wireless Edition with Remote Core 2 Intel 975X Chipset 1066MHz FSB Dual Channel DDR2 800 LGA775 Socket 775/T ATX Motherboard w/ ATi Crossfire 2x PCI Express x16, Audio, Dual GB LAN, SATA 3G/II, eSATA, RAID, USB 2.0, FireWire 1394 (Retail) (In Stock Now!) — $280 list

Asus P5B Deluxe/FirewireWiFi-AP Wireless Edition Core 2 Intel P965 Chipset 1066MHz FSB Dual Channel DDR2 800 LGA775 Socket 775/T ATX Motherboard w/ PCI Express x16, Audio, Dual GB LAN, SATA 3G/II, eSATA, RAID, USB 2.0, Firewire 1394 (Retail) (In Stock Now!) — $240 list

Asus P5N32-SLI SE Deluxe Core 2 Duo nVidia nForce4 SLI X16 Chipset 1066MHz FSB Dual Channel DDR2 800 LGA775 Socket 775/T ATX MotherbFirewireFirewireoard w/ SLi 2x PCI Express x16, Audio, Dual GB LAN, SATA 3G/II, eSATA, RAID, USB 2.0, Firewire 1394 (Retail) (In Stock Now!) — $239 list

Asus P5W DH Deluxe Wireless Edition with Remote Core 2 Intel 975X Chipset 1066MHz FSB Dual Channel DDR2 800 LGA775 Socket 775/T ATX Motherboard w/ ATi Crossfire 2x PCI Express x16, Audio, Dual GB LAN, SATA 3G/II, eSATA, RAID, USB 2.0, Firewire 1394 (Retail) (In Stock Now!) — $125 list

via Intel Core 2 Duo / Core Extreme - LGA775 Socket 775/T CPU Processors

For further research

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I hate Firefox  


I hate Firefox. I really hate it.

Talk about your need to reinstall Windows and now it seem I need to reinstall Firefox. From scratch. These little extensions are nice, but the fucking crud that accumulates. I suspect that Greasemonkey is the biggest culprit. Things weren't going to bad, but I needed wanted the IntellitxtAd remover. Then I decided that the MP3 player looked nice. Then I watched as my Bloglines loads were taking minutes (not seconds to load. I already have a session saver (which when I installed the Google shit also wanted to play session saver, but I said no), then I installed a tabbar program that also wants to play session saver, no matter what the fuck I say, it keeps asking me. If I don't turn the motherfucking thing on, and I've said don't load multiple times don't fucking ask me anymore! OK, I found that option, but if I don't have the fucking session saving enabled, I really shouldn't have to say no to fucking crash recovery. Period!

I'm really to the point of nuking Firefox completely of this computer and reinstalling it from scratch.

This list that I currently have installed:

Extensions (enabled: 41, disabled: 0):




A bunch of those I really don't use, so they are going to the wayside.

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Pro-Jesus: The Christian Boycott Authority  


Pro-Jesus: The Christian Boycott Authority

Bookmarked just to show you what you really have to buy.

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Monday, September 11

5 years ago today  


Yes, I flew on 9/11/2001, even if it was 1AM when I arrived. And despite The_Roses wishes that I just wait for the next day to fly in.

I was awaken by Mike DeJulio who was checking up on me to make sure that I had made it home. I watched CNN, and called Chuck Walton, informing him of what was going on and made him the first one in his office to know what had happened.

I remember what happened.

Do I feel any safer now today that 5 years ago? Nope.

But nothing blew up today either.

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Saturday, September 9

IntelliAdmin.com: Why windows takes so long to start up.  


IntelliAdmin.com: Why windows takes so long to start up.

Quite interesting. However on my Windows 2003 setup, the prefetch cache only has my boot, so W2K3 is set to Boot Only on setup.

Nothing here to see, move along. Still interesting on XPs behalf.

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YouTube - Terrorists of tola-tera-ter toltalatarians  




I'm thinking that a blog could made that does nothing but point to YouTube videos of G. W. Bush making an ass of himself. I'd be tempted to put in video's of other politicians just to make some variety. If somebody wants to make some money, there you go.

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Wednesday, September 6

Goodbye good friend!  


Hairy cat

Hairy was a cat that used to greet me every morning. It was always to make sure that he got his morning milk, but he greeted me, and he got his milk. This past week, he hadn't been greeting me, in fact he was hiding. I had called for him in every room and never got a response.

So last night, he wasn't hiding for once, so I picked him up, just to see what was up. He was extremely thin, just fur, skin and bones with no muscle. He was also weazing pretty badly. I had this really bad feeling that I was going to have to put him down.

Hairy catI didn't get up as early as I wanted. I have a wound on my ankle bone that is healing very slowly. I went to a wound center, and they scratched out what they could and put some silver halide onto the wound to cauterize it. If they think they are going to do that again, they are mistaken. I finally got up and showered and told The_Rose my plans. She talked me into waiting until she could go with me, especially after I broke down about how he probably would not be returning home with me.

We ended up getting to the vet's right as they opened for the afternoon. After a bit of a wait, and there's always a wait at this vet, we go in. He's having problems breathing, his abdomen was full of fluid, just fur and skin on top of bones. We could have run a bunch of tests, but there probably wouldn't be anything to do about his condition once we knew what it was. I had always thought that Hairy was probably about 3 years old when we got him. He was actually quite older. He was 12-14 years old. I didn't want to do it, but I made the decision to have him put down. I was amazed that through the examination, he was purring. He just laid on the table like a good little cat, as if he knew what was coming and was happy for it. They shaved his front paw, stuck the syringe in, and even as he was dying, he was still purring. He did not fight it.

Hairy catHairy was a stray that had been dropped off in our neighborhood when Sparx and Garfield were still living here. The daughter kept him fed, although I know he was also eating out of the garbage can, where he picked up a taste for human food. He was an odd cat. If you wanted him to eat something, it had to be on a plate and it had to be on the ground. If it was put up so that the dog wouldn't get it, he wouldn't eat it.

When we found out he was declawed and had been neutered, we kept him as an inside cat. Since the daughter was feeding Grizelle milk on a regular basis, Hairy wanted his mild too. And that became quite a regular basis, once in the morning and once in the evening.

I whistle. I whistle alot. Hairy would always come running to me when I was whistling. Evidently he had been trained to do that, like a dog. He always ignored The_Rose's whistle though. He also would become worried everytime I got in the shower. He'd meow at me a little while I was in the shower, but it was when the water was off that I really got a dressing down from him. There were a couple of times when he actually poked his nose in while I was showering to see what I was doing. Then he'd get a splash and would back off.

He was a cat that would rub against my legs, and allow me to scratch his head a little, but picking him up was something that he would purr like mad about, he wanted out of my arms as fast as he could.

Hairy, from living in this world you have definitely picked up some positive karma. I hope to cross paths with you again in a future life. Onward and upward Hairy.

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Monday, September 4

While I'm thinking about the subject  


As I mentioned in an earlier post

I must be getting old or at least cynical. It's getting to the point where any political statements that I hear, regardless of whether or not I actually believe in the matter, have no connection whatsoever with reality. In fact, I'm feeling another post about that later.

This is that post.

If you have been paying attention to what I have actually been doing in my Bloglines blogroll, I have always lumped the economy blogs in with the politics, which I have just rename to reflect that.  Politics-Economy.  They go hand in fist for me now.  It doesn't seem that you can have any discussion about economics without bringing up/in politics.  Maybe I'm just bad. 

The point is, politics is careening out of control without any relation to reality.  It's been obvious for quite some time, especially now.  And now that I have merged politics and economics together in my mind now, statements made in reference to the economy have now become circumspect in my view.

You can argue all you want that they are separate, and I know that they truly should be, it just doesn't seem like they are any more.  The government lists this statistic, the government lists that statistic.  The markets, and the economy that follow from that react to those statistics.  That means that the government has a hand in how it works, and with the hand of politics guiding that hand, the two have become intertwined in my mind

I don't trust the current administration.  Not in the least.  We've gotten ourselves into a war based on lies.  We have been lead by a string of lies, some of which are still believed to this day.  They cannot be the only lies that the American public has been told.  How easy would it be to skew stock prices?  Already, we've got 10 year bonds that are returning less revenue than what the Federal bank's are lending out on a daily basis.  Does that truly make sense, or is that a Wall Street behavior that points to something else?  I don't know at this point.

Maybe down the road, I'll think differently.  Maybe I won't be so cynical.  But I also think that will be some time after the next administration, the administration after that, and possibly the administration after that before I will have any confidence in my government especially at the federal level.

I can't help the feeling that if something radical doesn't change things peacefully, it might take something radical like having a second American civil war.  And the anarchy that would bring down on the whole world, let alone here would last for decades, and could throw everyone into the dark ages.

 

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AFL-CIO Weblog | Bush Makes Backdoor Appointment to Wage and Hour Office  


Mike Hall:
Preside Bush this afternoon made another backdoor appointment to his administration. He used a recess appointment to install a lawyer who represented Wal-Mart with a long record of urging restrictions to the Fair Labor Standard Act's (FLSA's) overtime pay and other provisions to head up the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division.
Happy Freakin' Labor Day! (Part 2!)

I was going to point out that this seems to be the fox guarding the henhouse, but I see the AFL-CIO here has used that attribute before on another recess appointment.

Such joyful news on Labor Day!

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On America Working / The war on workers  


David Sirota:
U.S. Education Secretary Rod Paige labeled one "a terrorist organization." Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, called them "a clear and present danger to the security of the United States." And U.S. Rep. Charles Norwood, R-Ga., claimed they employ "tyranny that Americans are fighting and dying to defeat in Iraq and Afghanistan" and are thus "enemies of freedom and democracy," who show "why we still need the Second Amendment" to defend ourselves with firearms.

Who are these supposed threats to America? No, not Osama bin Laden followers, but labor unions made up of millions of workers -- janitors, teachers, firefighters, police officers, you name it.
Happy freakin' Labor Day!

I can't say that I'm surprised by this administration's and their friend's attitudes are so against workers. And I'm sure it's not just the union workers, but all workers. It's just more convenient to blame unions for all the worlds problems, those that aren't unionized can be marginalized at will.

I am not lover of unions, as I've only been in one union, OCSEA of which I was only in for a couple of years at most. And before that, I was a supervisor of people in that union. shocked

I must be getting old or at least cynical. It's getting to the point where any political statements that I hear, regardless of whether or not I actually believe in the matter, have no connection whatsoever with reality. In fact, I'm feeling another post about that later.

As a 2nd amendment supporter, it's more than likely the weapons would be used against the government, not against the workers.

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Sunday, September 3

14 CHARACTERISTICS OF FASCISM / WE HAVE THEM ALL  


Allen L. Roland

Wow, I thought that we had two strikes agaisnt the 14 points, but this person seems to think that they are all existent.

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Saturday, September 2

How Much Life Experience Do You Have?  


You've Experienced 76% of Life
You have all of the life experience that most adults will ever get. And unless you're already in your 40s, you're probably wise beyond your years.
How Much Life Experience Do You Have?

And I am in my 40's at that

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What planet are you from?  


You Are From Pluto
You are a dark, mysterious soul, full of magic and the secrets of the universe. You can get the scoop on anything, but you keep your own secrets locked in your heart. You love change and you use it to your advantage, whether by choice or chance. You don't like to compromise, to the point of being self-destructive with your stubborness. Live life with love, and your deep powers will open the world to you.
What Planet Are You From?

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Rumsfeld reaches out to Democrats - Yahoo! News  


Anne Plummer Flaherty:
In a letter to Congress's top Democrats, Rumsfeld said recent remarks he made during a speech in Salt Lake City were misrepresented by the media, including by the Associated Press. Rumsfeld said he was "concerned" by the reaction of Democrats, many of whom called for his resignation and said he was treading on dangerous territory.

"I know you agree that with America under attack and U.S. troops in the field, our national debate on this should be constructive," Rumsfeld wrote Friday.

Democrats said Friday they stood by their remarks.

"We did read the speech and he makes comparisons to World War II" that are unjustified, said Brendan Daly, spokesman for House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. "He needs to explain that. We stand behind what we said."

Pelosi, D-Calif., had said: "If Mr. Rumsfeld is so concerned with comparisons to World War II, he should explain why our troops have now been fighting in
Iraq longer than it took our forces to defeat the Nazis in Europe."

"It's always been clear what Secretary Rumsfeld said," said Rebecca Kirszner, a spokeswoman for Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada. "What's not clear is that he has a strategy in Iraq and to keep America safe. This letter doesn't change that."

Sen. Jack Reed (news, bio, voting record), D-R.I., also "stands by his earlier comments," said spokeswoman Regan Lachapelle. "No one has misread history more than Secretary Rumsfeld, especially when it comes to Iraq."
Rumsfeld is now, more than ever, damaged goods. Abu Grhaib should have been enough to get him fired/resigned.

Update: This link from KUTV has a link to view Rumsfeld's speech or you can use this direct link that may or may not work for you.

Go have a listen and see what it sounds like to you.

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Friday, September 1

[IP] more on Keith Olbermann: There Is Fascism, Indeed  


Henrik Brameus quotes Lawrence W. Briit (via Dave Farber's IP mail list):
14 common behaviours of fascism.
1. Powerful and continuing expressions of nationalism.
 Yeah, I think we're are definitely doing this.

2. Disdain for the importance of human rights.
 With the creation of free speech zones, the incredibly poor handling of people outside and inside of the US, some of which are definitely US citizens, this is a definite yes.

3. Identification of enemies/scapegoats as a unifying cause.
 al Qeda, Islamo-Fascists, Bin Laden. We got that.

4. The supremacy of the military/avid militarism.
 Aren't we showing ourselves at least a taste of this with Rumsfeld shooting his jaw off?

5. Rampant sexism.
 I don't see this happening. Yet. With Condi Rice, it's almost the opposite, unless she's got more under that skirt than GWB has in his pants. Although it's still basically male dominated.

6. A controlled mass media.
 As Mr. Olbermann shows, they don't have that down. Yet.

7. Obsession with national security.
 We have that in plentiful abundance here. Security measures that really do nothing for the security of the people. Of course, meanwhile, we have a border that's pretty darn porous. If someone attacks us through that way, you'd really better watch out.

8. Religion and ruling elite tied together.
 There is no doubt in my mind that this is happening. It's pretty sad when the President makes orders because "God" told him to.

9. Power of corporations protected.
 All these tax cuts and what not. Yep.

10. Power of labor suppressed or eliminated.
 We're getting there, and Congress has tried to help there as well.

11. Disdain and suppression of intellectuals and the arts.
 Yeah, let's cut off the NEA because a very small portion of what they do is controversial. Let's cut of PBS while we're at it. We're there. Not fully maybe, but we're there.

12. Obsession with crime and punishment.
 What's going on at Guantanimo certainly tells me this is at least in process.

13. Rampant cronyism and corruption.
 Does Haliburton ring a bell in the Pavlovian sense? Does Enron? Cheney?

14. Fraudulent elections.
 If we didn't have a fraudulent election in 2000, Ohio certainly points out to the fraud in 2004.

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Pipe Down, Rummy - Los Angeles Times  


Los Angeles Times

It looks like others aren't cowed by Rumsfeld either. I still prefer Olbermann's reaction.

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Article Index

Friday cat and bird blogging
Ninja me!
Watch that karma baby!!!
A short update on Sparx

Sparx got hit!
Robert Scoble is wrong
What's my personality cluster
Feedbutton
Core 2 Duo mobo's fron ASUS
I hate Firefox
Pro-Jesus: The Christian Boycott Authority
5 years ago today
IntelliAdmin.com: Why windows takes so long to start up.
YouTube - Terrorists of tola-tera-ter toltalatarians
Goodbye good friend!
While I'm thinking about the subject
AFL-CIO Weblog | Bush Makes Backdoor Appointment to Wage and Hour Office
On America Working / The war on workers
14 CHARACTERISTICS OF FASCISM / WE HAVE THEM ALL
How Much Life Experience Do You Have?
What planet are you from?
Rumsfeld reaches out to Democrats - Yahoo! News
[IP] more on Keith Olbermann: There Is Fascism, Indeed
Pipe Down, Rummy - Los Angeles Times
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