Sunday, November 23, 2003

I got this in an email from AK Love,

Some people still don't understand why military personnel do what they do for a living. This exchange Between Senators John Glenn and Sen. Howard Metzenbaum is worth reading. Not only is it a pretty impressive and impromptu speech, but it's also a good example of one man's explanation of why men and women in the Armed Services do what they do for a living. This IS a typical, though sad, example of what some who have never served think of the Military.

Senator Metzenbaum to Senator Glenn:
"How can you run for Senate when you've never held a "real job?"

Senator Glenn:
I served 23 years in the United States Marine Corps. I served through two wars. I flew 149 missions. My plane was hit by antiaircraft fire on 12 different occasions. I was in the Space Program. It wasn't my checkbook, Howard; it was my Life on the line. It was not a nine to five job, where I took time off to take the daily cash receipts to the bank. I ask you to go with me ... as I went the other day... to a Veterans Hospital and look those men - with their mangled bodies - in the eye, and tell THEM they didn't hold a job!

You go with me to the Space Program at NASA and go, as I have gone, to the widows and orphans of Ed White, Gus Grissom and Roger Chaffee...and you look those kids in the eye and tell them that their DADS didn't hold a job. You go with me on Memorial Day and you stand in Arlington National Cemetery, where I have more friends buried than I'd like to remember, and you watch those waving flags. You stand there, and you think about this Nation, and you tell ME that those people didn't have a job? I'll tell you, Howard Metzenbaum, you should be on your knees every day of your life thanking God that there were some men - SOME MEN - who held a REAL job. And they required a dedication to a purpose - and a love of country and a dedication to duty - that was more important than life itself. And their self-sacrifice is what made this country possible. I HAVE held a job, Howard! ---What about you?"
For those who don't remember - During WWII, Howard Metzenbaum was an
attorney representing the Communist Party in the USA. Now he is a

Saturday, November 22, 2003

John Hargrove's Credit Card Prank How readable or consistant is your signature when you sign a credit card receipt? This link is about an experiment conducted by a credit card user. It made me feel real secure about my transactions:(

Friday, November 21, 2003

Man gets "spam rage" over penis ad I can't blame this guy for the outrage. Most of us get pretty sick of the all the spam we get. Congress is mulling over the anti spam bill, anbd surely they reccognize that no bill will be effective in stopping most of this crap. In fact this case was about spam that was originating in Canada.

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

CBS News | Why Computers Are Screwed Up | November 17, 2003 08:18:17 I think Andy Rooney got it right this time.

Saturday, November 15, 2003

The ever popular Snickers candy bar is a threat to public health. The main ingredient refined sugar is a dangerous heath menace. The peanut can be a deadly pathogen causing those sensitive to it to possibly go into anaphylaxis reaction which can kill. Meanwhile our goverment procedes in its war on drugs, spending millions on arrest, prosecution and sentancing canibis users. Canibis is reputed to be harmless, to its users.

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Yahoo! News - Jon Matthews Indicted After more than two weeks of mystery Jon Mathews is indicted and turned himself in to be arrested. Matthews is charged with indecenty with a child, exposing his genitals to a 16 year old neighbor girl. Jon Matthews is is a long time conservetive talk show host in Houston. He resigned from KSEV AM Wednesday.

Saturday, November 08, 2003

Lunar Eclipse - 11/08/03 - photo by Bret Douglas at It is to cloudy here in Houston to catch the eclipse I don't think I could have done a better job than Bert Douglas or John Mc Cormack did in this shot

Friday, November 07, 2003

I received the new camera Wednesday, and have even played with it a bit. I like the camera, although it is a lot more complicated than my old camera, and storage is a little more of a hassle than my old Sony. It is fast, small and convienient, and it will be worth the hassle of learning this camera The manual is more than 200 pages long and its not packed with fluff, but packed full of data and technical instruction. It will take a while to learn and master this camera.
This is a picture of an x-Ray vacume tube shot looking down into the glass chamber. Shot with the new camera.

Wednesday, November 05, 2003

Nanoshells may help battle cancer It looks like MEP's Experiments might be paying off. MEPs Research on Micro capsules on the Space Shuttle and the Space Station has shown us how to make these microcapsules and proven the feasability. It looks like our microcapsules are getting ready to go prime time. The near-infrared aspects are pretty new. Capsules have been made that are sensitive to Magnetic or X-Ray radiation.

Monday, November 03, 2003

Court Won't Enter Ten Commandments Fight It looks like the Supreme Court is being cowardly, by avoiding the controversial issue of whether the 10 Commandments belong in a State owned building. Although the issue is petty, after all no ones rights or life is really being affected by the huge monubument in the court house. When they start telling Catholic Nuns they can't where a tiny cross when they teach, Yet our Supreme Court building has carvings depicting the 10 commandments. We ban Christmas Nativity scenes at town commons, but "In God We Trust" is written all over our Goverment printed money. I don't think it matters much how the courts decide, but they need to come up with some consistant policy. They will take on the issue of "One nation under God" in the Pledge of Allegience, But they still leave open a whole area of fuziness in our laws.

Sunday, November 02, 2003

Blogger dismissed from Microsoft for posting a photograph of a fresh shipment of Mac G5's . Microsoft apparently didn't see the humor in this.

Yahoo! News - Googling for Dollars: Search Engines battle for big market is an article that discusses Googles rebuffing of Microsofts offer to absorb them into the "Borg". Most users are going to view this as a good thing, but Google faces some stiff compitition in the future. Yahoo!, and other giants are developing their search engines, and Microsoft can be be a fierce competitor. Googles defence is to go go public with an IPO, hopefully getting a cash infusion that will help them maintain their technical, and competitive edge.

Girls attack alleged sex predator This had to be a hillarious thing to see. Apparently they roughed the guy up pretty good. The imagery of the girls chasing the guy down the street is what strikes me as being so funny.

Haven't posted much this week. I had to go to Longview, again on Tuesday. and didn't get back until Wednesday night. It takes me a while to recover. This weekend I was doing a lot of catch-up with my on-net reading, nothing much intresting and I spent a lot of time investigating the new camera.

Was fun here at the new homestead this Halloween. We didn't have many Trick or Treators at our old place. This year we had bunches. Its fun seeing the kids all costumed out looking for their treats.