Saturday, June 7, 2008

Preaching to the Choir

Via Ace:


I realize all you people read Ace already, but just in case you didn't...

RIP

Sportscaster Jim McKay dead at 87
MarketWatch - 2 hours ago
By MarketWatch Media reports said McKay died Saturday of natural causes at his farm in Monkton, Md. He was the host of ABC's "Wide World of Sports" for more than four decades and covered 12 Olympics.

Celeb o'the Day - Keira Knightley

Keira KnightleyKeira Knightley

Follow up story: Stolen police gun used in home invasion

The other day I posted about a property owner that killed two masked thugs that broke into the house he owned and demanded money at gunpoint. I had been wondering where these thugs got this gun. Obviously they got it at a gun show. Because we all know that's where all of the criminals buy their guns. We know this because The Brady Campaign and the main stream media keep telling us so. Well, the Louisville Courier Journal printed this story today:

Stolen police gun used in home invasion

The gun that one of two teens brandished when they were fatally shot during an apparent home invasion this week had been stolen from a Louisville Metro Police officer, police said.

Officer Phil Russell said the gun was stolen in 2006 from an officer’s car or residence.
Let me repeat that. "
the gun was stolen in 2006 from an officer’s car or residence." Wha-wha-wha-what? The gun was STOLEN? No way!

Here's a little more info on one of the slime balls.

Jefferson County court records show that Springer was arrested May 23 on charges of trafficking in a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence. He had been released on his own recognizance and had a court hearing set for June 16.

In May 2007, Springer was convicted of carrying a concealed deadly weapon and sentenced to 60 days in jail, which was conditionally discharged.

No records were found for Turner.

Turner was the one in my prior post that the television stations were holding up as a good kid. Well, he may have been, but he chose to associate with the wrong crowd. That almost never turns out well.

I swear the City Of Louisville oughta give Mr. Jackson a medal and a parade.

Friday, June 6, 2008

[repost: working and still bummed]

T
he day that started the beginning of the end of the second world war was today (63 years ago)

Picture of Troops Landing During D-Day


(link)


Celeb o'the Day - Kylie Minogue

Kylie
Kylie Minogue

Update

Concrete wallImage via WikipediaBad overall day yesterday.

Got dumped (that sucked); got my house officially rented (good), we won 2 softball games (good) and I went out (it sucked).

Seems Eve decided to go back to her ex, leaves me hanging, but not my call. She is still going to rent my house, so I can still get an apartment closer to work (at least that's a good thing).

We played 2 games last night and won the 1st game 7-6 in the bottom of the 7th. We had a 5-1 lead going into the final inning and a couple of hits and a home run put them on top. But, we got 2 runs with 1 out to win it.

Game 2 was 9-3 us going into the 6th inning and everyone decided to start hitting again. We plated 19 runs in the top of the 6th and won it 28-3.

Went to the Brick and TK's last night; both sucked, not many people out (I work tonight and tomorrow, so no going out then).

One of my friends from high school is in the hospital (I havn't talked to her in 15 years I'd guess) and I finally got to talk to her last night. She doesn't sound good (and the prognosis is downright awful, she hasn't got much longer).

Nothing really to write about today, I'm still bummed and I need to get some sleep today before work (heh)

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Thursday, June 5, 2008

Celeb o'the Day - Jamie Lynn Discala

Jamie Lynn Discala

Drill Here Drill Now


Dear Newsmax Reader,

We launched our “Drill Here. Drill Now. Pay Less.” campaign last week, and the response has been overwhelming.

Already, more than 350,000 people have signed the petition urging Congress to start drilling for oil domestically. Next week, it’s our goal to deliver more than 1,000,000 signatures to the United States Senate as a first step toward stopping the destructive Warner-Lieberman bill which would raise the cost of gasoline, diesel fuel, aviation fuel, natural gas and coal.

I hope you'll sign the petition now and join me in sending a message to Congress that we need real solutions to stop the pain Americans are feeling at the pump.


If you go online and make a special contribution of $10 or more we will send you this "Drill Here. Drill Now. Pay Less." bumper sticker.



Thank you for standing with me for real change.


Your friend,


Newt Gingrich
General Chairman
American Solutions


P.S. This petition drive has been successful because engaged citizens like you have helped spread the word. Please forward this email to 10 of your friends or family members and encourage them to sign the petition to help us reach our goal of 1,000,000 signatures.

Destiny

Iran’s problems extend to the Gulf States and include occupation and destabilization operations, among other practices, and the same applies to Lebanon, Yemen and other states. This confirms that Iran’s problem is not with Saudi Arabia or Egypt only, as Damascus is trying to convince us, rather; it is with all the countries in the Arab world.

Iran is not a superpower but it has a specific goal and it relies upon some groups that believe that their sectarian affiliation to Iran grants them power and stature – with the knowledge that vast majority of Shia, on all different levels, are aware of and always warn about the threat posed by the incumbent regime in Tehran.

Iran’s real problem lies in its desire to expand in the Arab world and to resume its exportation of its Islamic revolution. Many of us overlook the fact that Iran’s fundamental problem since [Ayatollah Ruholla] Khomeini’s revolution was exporting it, in addition to its interference in internal Arab affairs – and this is what [Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad’s regime and its supporters are seeking to implement today.

The question here is "Why? And what has changed?" But the answer is clear: The Iranian regime found an advantageous opportunity in the fall of Saddam Hussein to fill in the void that was created in the region and to extend its influence in Iraq, and the same applies to Afghanistan

Washington presented Tehran with a priceless service when it removed its archenemies; Saddam in Iraq and the Taliban in Afghanistan. The conflict is not Iranian-American as some would like to imagine; Iran believes that this is its historical opportunity to extend its influence in Iraq and Afghanistan and expand in the region whilst exploiting the vacuum and the shock that perplexed the Arabs the day Baghdad fell.


Iran wanted to resume what it had started in terms of exporting the revolution following Khomeini’s rise to power, but which was disrupted for a number of reasons, including the eight-year war with Iraq. This was followed by the rationality that was displayed by Hashemi Rafsanjani and Mohammed Khatami during their presidential terms in Iran.

The godfather of rapprochement at the time was King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, who was crown prince then. During that time, Washington wanted Saudi’s testimony that Tehran was responsible of the al Khobar bombings [29 May 2004] but the Saudis knew that it would have meant war with Iran. Riyadh did not give Washington that validation.

During Khatami’s presidency, Egyptian-Iranian rapprochement was increasing, with some minor differences – but both were speaking openly. At the time, Khatami pledged to change the name of the street that was named after [Anwar] Sadat’s assassin [Khalid Islambouli], but the matter was delayed because of the mayor of Tehran. And do you remember who that mayor was? Ahmadinejad!

The problem with Iran is not one about dialogue, rather; it is the crisis of the Iranian desire for expansion in the Arab world. Tehran wants to seize control of the region’s states and its objectives are clear – how else can one explain the Iranian petition against Google Earth over the name of the Arabian Gulf

This is not the attitude of someone that seeks rapprochement; rather, it stems from nationalistic or religious intolerance – and what is concealed is always greater than what is revealed.

A change in Iranian attitude without war cannot come about except from within Tehran internally, or through a Saudi-Egyptian stance that can yield results on the ground – but results that are far removed from Damascus’s deception

submitted by TaRiQ

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Property Owner Kills Home Invaders

Shooting Was Self Defense
Louisville, KY June 3, 2008

Two teens are dead, but police aren't charging the man who shot them with a crime.
"For sure, there's not a doubt in my mind, my wife and I would be dead if I didn't do what I did," said property owner Billy Jackson.
Jackson said he was sprucing up an apartment in the house he owns at 3517 West Broadway when two masked men forced their way inside. He said one had a large gun, and threatened to kill him and his wife.
"I figured I was going to die and they were going to die, too," said Jackson. "I faked a heart attack; shot him in the side."
"At least one of the suspects was armed with a handgun," said Metro Police Detective Phil Russell. "The property owner was assaulted. He sustained minor injuries."

The two dead would be robbers names are Earl Springer and Dazmond Turner. Both were 19 years old.

Police said Springer died at the scene, while Turner died early Wednesday morning at University Hospital.
"They will confer with the commonwealth attorney's office in order to determine if charges need to be placed," Russell said. "At this time in the investigation, it looks as though this was self-defense."
Good for you Mr. Jackson! Once again an armed citizen refuses to be a victim. Two less scumbags and potential career criminals on our streets.
Here is the troubling part of this story. The local media is not portraying one of these two masked bandits as a criminal. They are making him out like he is the victim. This particular reporter interviews the invader's aunt. (video here) In which she tells the reporter about how the this home invader was going to get his GED. He was going to be a father. He wanted to play in the NBA. He was supposed to be going to Florida to be with his mommy...

Boo f*****g Hoo!

This man broke into someone's home! He or his partner had a gun! At least one of them assaulted the homeowner and threatened his life! I do not feel sorry for him at all. Personally, I am thrilled that there are two less criminals on the streets.

The Navy Invented Sex

View of the invasion beach from the top of Mount SuribachiImage via Wikipedia
A Marine and a sailor were sitting in a bar one day arguing over which was the superior service.

After a swig of beer the Marine says, 'Well, we had Iwo Jima.'

Arching his eyebrows, the sailor replies, 'We had the Battle of Midway.'

'Not entirely true', responded the Marine. 'Some of those pilots were Marines, in fact, Henderson Field on Guadalcanal was named after a Marine pilot killed at the Battle of Midway.'

The sailor responds, 'Point taken.'

The Marine then says, 'We Marines were born at Tunn Tavern!'

The sailor, nodding agreement, says, 'But we had John Paul Jones.'

The argument continued until the sailor comes up with what he thinks will end the discussion. With a flourish of finality he says...... 'The Navy invented sex!'
Normally I wouldn't lift an entire post (unless of course it was a picture) so I'm going to make you click through here to read the punchline ;)
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Celeb o'the Day - Kelly Brook

Kelly Brook

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Celeb o'the Day - Zooey Deschanel

Zooey DeschanelZooey Deschanel

Cluster Cuddle


Cluster Bomb bans are the internat'l feel cool groove of the year. Celebrating a treaty just signed in Dublin - 100+ nations signed on. Including Great Britain. These concerned cats are
"concerned that cluster munition remnants kill or maim civilians, including
women and children, obstruct economic and social development, including
through the loss of livelihood, impede post-conflict rehabilitation and
reconstruction, delay or prevent the return of refugees and internally
displaced persons, can negatively impact on national and international
peace-building and humanitarian assistance efforts, and have other severe
consequences that can persist for many years after use."
Sounds like a good descript for nuclear weaponry. Or intolerant resistence movements.


Fair enough. Cluster bombs also create concern that a few well placed devices can shred dozens of soft-skinned military vehicles and seriously effect the attack of an entire mechanized infantry battalion. A few hundred could annihilate an army corps.




"Cluster bombs are likened to flying land mines. An artillery shell or
air-dropped casing breaks into a shower of tiny hand grenades, which in turn
spew shrapnel or steel needles over an expanse the size of a football field. A
soldier caught in the open hasn't a chance."



Designed for instances when the concept of Force Multipliers is at work. Like trying to halt a NoKo invasion of SoKo. Or a Syrian attack into Little Satan. Or repelling mass attacks on a massive scale like a Russia China war. Or even an Indian invasion of the Land of the Pure.




"To destroy an enemy in place (impact) or to slow or prevent enemy movement
away from or through an area (area denial). Impact submunitions go off when they
hit the ground. Area-denial submunitions, including FASCAM, ( a very deceptively happy name for the Family of Scattering Mines) have a limited
active life and self-destruct after their active life has expired.



The major difference between scatterable mines and placed mines is that the
scatterable mines land on the surface and can be seen. Placed mines may be
hidden or buried under the ground and usually cannot be seen. "


This is significant. The major players and deployers of clustering munitions like Red China, Russia, Great Satan, Pakistan, India, Little Satan didn't bother to show up in Ireland for the conference though the Pentagon did acknowledge there was such a gig. Concerning


"...humanitarian concerns of those in Dublin, cluster munitions have
demonstrated military utility, and their elimination from U.S. stockpiles would
put the lives of our soldiers… at risk."



Thus the feel good groove. With zero legal compulsion. Signatories are legally bound though there are no enforcement measurements. For those who blew off the entire event there are no formal constraints of any sort.

None of these cluster bomber nations hooked up with the 1997 Land Mine ban treaty either. So what purpose does the treaty hold?

For the signers, cluster weaponry is now immoral, illicit, illegit. There may be a chance that militaries will develop doctrine prescribing and proscribing scenerios.



San Francisco Chroni's editorial board editorially theorizes that

If these countries, especially the United States, won't join the ban, then
their leaders should set specific ground rules for their use and promise to rid
the terrain of unexploded munitions when the fighting stops.



Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., have authored a
proviso in a spending bill signed by the president stating that cluster
munitions can't be sold to allies unless the weapons have a failure rate no
greater than 1 percent and will only be used against defined military targets.
It won't prevent the United States from using the weaponry, but it should curb
an infamous "Made in the USA" export.


It could also cause an increase in quality control. Many cluster munitions - an amazing 10% to 40% - fail to detonate and sweetly lie safe as milk until surrounded by innocent civilians.


"The Pentagon is readying a new generation of "smart" cluster bombs that
can be more precisely targeted and even ordered to self-destruct if they go
astray. These newer models wouldn't be banned by this week's treaty."


Not only that - Cluster munitions send very clear nonconflicting signals that nations who have them may very well use them.



Which should put a very large microscope of responsibility on regimes and resistence movements that tend to deploy and act out in innocent civilian rich turf that those "severe consequences" were severely self inflicted.

Arizona

I have friends that live in Arizona (none in Green Valley Arizona) and have heard many good things about the place. The make-up of Green Valley Arizona in nearly 100% white (96.6%); very affluent, with low unemployment. My friend (from Phoenix) says its one of the best places to visit in the state (although it is mainly a retirement community).

With golf courses (about 10 within short driving distance, no pun intended) , shopping plazas, clubs, volunteer organizations, medical facilities (seven hospital or medical centers) , places of worship (of all religions) and recreation centers (8 major and 3 more close by), it's hard not to find something to do there. If you're looking for a great place to visit (or even live) in Arizona; give Green Valley Arizona a good look.

Located just south of Tuscon, Green Valley is within driving distance of some great attractions; it is also not far from the Mexican border (Nogales) if you are inclined to visit there.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Commentary - Peter Schweizer: Conservatives more honest than liberals?

The headline may seem like a trick question -- even a dangerous one -- to ask during an election year. And notice, please, that I didn't ask whether certain politicians are more honest than others. (Politicians are a different species altogether.) Yet there is a striking gap between the manner in which liberals and conservatives address the issue of honesty.

Consider these results:

Is it OK to cheat on your taxes? A total of 57 percent of those who described themselves as "very liberal" said yes in response to the World Values Survey, compared with only 20 percent of those who are "very conservative." When Pew Research asked whether it was "morally wrong" to cheat Uncle Sam, 86 percent of conservatives agreed, compared with only 68 percent of liberals.

Ponder this scenario, offered by the National Cultural Values Survey: "You lose your job. Your friend's company is looking for someone to do temporary work. They are willing to pay the person in cash to avoid taxes and allow the person to still collect unemployment. What would you do?"

Almost half, or 49 percent, of self-described progressives would go along with the scheme, but only 21 percent of conservatives said they would.

Heh I'm sure this will get a rise out of some people.

Haloscan

Back to Haloscan as Blogger keeps @#%@#% up...

Celeb o'the Day - Jennie Garth

Jennie Garth
Jennie Garth

Sunday, June 1, 2008

How to keep others from reading your old hard drives

These days identity theft is big business. There are a multitude of ways that a bad guy can get your personal data for his gain. Among these methods is your old computer hardware. Particularly the hard drive in your old computer. Most people would say that wiping the HDD will be enough. Programs like Darik's Boot and Nuke are incredibly good at removing all the data on your old drives. But if you aren't careful, you can erase data on a different drive that you wanted to keep. Not that I've done that! Ok. Maybe once... Anyway, I thought I would offer up my way of dealing with this problem.

Step One:
Remove the old drive from the computer. You might want to make sure that you are removing a drive that you want to keep. There is no Undo option here. This are a couple of old hard drives that I had laying around the house. This method will work on any size hard disk. It makes no difference. (Click on image for larger version)


Step Two:
Select your tools. In this particular situation. I have chosen a Taurus model PT24/7 Pro in .40 S&W. The particular ammunition was Blazer Brass 180 grain Full Metal Jacket. Your tools may be different from mine, but I think you can see where this is going. ;)

Step Three:
Find a safe place to work. It must be well ventilated. Plenty of light. Most of all, BE SAFE! Do NOT handle a firearm of any type unless you know what you are doing.
Step Four:
Proceed with your work. I recommend repeated applications. As many as you like. I only stopped after a few hits because I could no longer get the HDD's to stay in one place long enough for me to get a shot off. WARNING! This may result in uncontrollable grinning and/or giggling.


Step Five:
Sleep soundly with the knowledge that your data has been protected!
Sorry for the largeocity of the pictures. That's the smallest I could post without shrinking the originals even more.

Universal Studios on fire

Apparently there is a huge fire on the Universal Studios Back Lot in Los Angeles.
Pictures
Firefighters battle a blaze that broke out in the early morning at Universal Studios. More than 100 firefighters were battling a huge fire on the backlot at Universal that has destroyed several movie sets. Universal Studios is just north of Los Angeles and is an amusement park as well as a working movie and television studio.
Video here
A Los Angeles county fire inspector said one building and at least three blocks of movie facades have burned, including mock New York and New England streets. The theme park's King Kong attraction is also destroyed, CNN reported.

Celeb o'the Day - Aishwarya Rai

Aishwarya Rai
Aishwarya Rai

Good news?

Just saw this:

NEW YORK (Fortune) -- An influential coalition of Fortune 500 companies and environmental groups that was formed to support climate-change legislation has splintered over the Lieberman-Warner bill that is headed next week to the Senate floor.

The U.S. Climate Action Partnership formed last year won't take a position on the bill, although nine of its members - including General Electric (GE, Fortune 500), Alcoa (AA, Fortune 500) and four utility companies - signed a letter to senators backing the legislation.

The letter, also signed by big environmental groups and obtained by Fortune, says: "Prompt action on climate change is essential to protect America's economy, security, quality of life and natural environment."

But other members of the coalition known as U.S. Cap, most visibly Duke Energy (DUK, Fortune 500), a coal-burning utility, are strongly opposed. "It's going to translate into significant electricity price increases," says Jim Rogers, Duke's CEO.

Without widespread corporate support, passage of the bill - already a long shot at best - becomes even more unlikely this year. President Bush remains opposed. House Democrats have been slow to act.

Besides that, a backdrop of rising gasoline prices and the sluggish economy makes it difficult to win votes for a regulatory scheme that will raise the prices of electricity and gasoline. In fact, a key purpose of the bill is to put a price on the emissions of greenhouse gases, as a way to speed the transition to a clean-energy economy and slow down global warming.

Hopefully this will kill this bill. There's nothing like a good global warming scare to keep the sheep in line.

Obama and the Shaft

Barak ('he who's middle name must not be named') Obama recently (finally?) left his church after a 20-year fact-finding mission.

Not one to make a hasty move, BO made sure he had all the facts (from someone who was awake during sermons) before kicking the entire church under the proverbial bus. From Wright to Pfleger, there was no opportunity earlier for him to make a principled stand, so he had to wait on youtube and the news agencies to help him...

Yea right. Various leftist websites and the MSM (redund?) will spin this as no big deal (and a distraction!!!) and continue to compare it (favorably to them) to the Hagee endorsement of McCain. Yet it seems that BO isn't the only one asleep during the sermons eh?

In other good news for BO; Hillary's chances at the nomination took a swift kick in the underpants when the DNC decided that each voter in Florida and Michigan was half a person. {I think they shouldn't get any delegates because of violating the rules of their party, but that's just me} and awarding BO more delegates than the 'other' option in Michigan received during the vote. You'd think if your just going to 'makeshitup' and do it that way, they could have done it long ago.