Monday, November 28, 2005

Cindy Stands Alone

Cindy is in Crawford, but it looks like no one showed up to her book signed, except for a couple of news photographer types. Perhaps she hads got all of the milage there is to be had out of her dead son.
Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan waits for people to show up at her book signing near President Bush's ranch on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2005 in Crawford, Texas. Sheehan, whose 24-year-old Casey died in Iraq, called for anti-war activists to return to Crawford this week as Bush celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Friday, November 25, 2005

Border Patrol Assaults Up

Just thinking out loud ..
I'm wondering, are we at war and don't really know it. Perhaps if the smugglers and illegal border jumpers knew that bad things were likely to happen. If for no other reason than to protect the Border Patrol folks we shuld just set up pill boxes with M60s. Cheaper to set up than fences, and could save immigrant lives. If faced with certain death, border jumpers might not find themselves getting killed by exposure to the elements.
U.S. Border Patrol agents working the Arizona-Mexico border were victims of twice as many attacks this past fiscal year compared with the previous year, officials say.

The Border Patrol's Yuma and Tucson sectors recorded 365 assaults on agents between Oct. 1, 2004, and Sept. 30, 2005, up from 179 attacks reported for the same time period the year before, officials told The Arizona Republic.

Nationwide, agents were assaulted 687 times, up from 349 a year earlier.

Officials say the growing number of attacks reflects the increased influence of criminal gangs and the profits they can make smuggling migrants across the border.

Agents' vehicles are protected against rocks, the most common threat, and the Yuma sector has the first vehicle deployed along the border that can withstand gunfire. There were 45 shooting incidents recorded during the last fiscal year along the Arizona border, up from 15 the previous year.


I'm willing to let them all come over legally. I still believe the problem is exacerbated by not giving potential workers/immigrants viable options.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving

Its one of my favorite Holidays. I love the food, the parades and football. Mostly I'm grateful cause I realize that I really have so much to be greatful for. Please indulge me while I tell about all that I have to be grateful for.

  • Most of all family. Equality, ruok, and I will share dinner this afternoon, we enjoy each others company so much. There is Michael, Andy and Lawanna, and the nieces, whom we wish we could share this time together, but time and distance doesn't make it possible this year. Still we are grateful for the times we do have together, and that we are always in each others hearts. Equality who is the one who puts up with me the most and is my strength, and love.
  • My upbringing. When I was a boy I had no idea how well prepared for life I was being prepared. My mom and dead sacrificed so much to raise my 3 brothers, sister and I. I was fortunatnate to be raised in small town Easton Ma. in the 60s. A school system that gave an excellent education to a student who wasn't always the most willing or co-operative. Neighbors who were all so friendly and helped keep us out of trouble. Yeah, we were poor but we never really thought of ourselves as doing without. My life as a kid was so very rich and gave me, such a good start in life.
  • I am thankful for my my job. I'm not weathy, and work sometimes is not so great , but I really enjoy my work, and the people I work with. My boss is an old friend and we still maintain this throughout any harsh bussiness decisions that need to be made. I can honestly say that I have fun at what I do and I get to work with some of the most fascinating people in the country. Life is sweet when you enjoy what you do to make a living.
  • Oh Yeah. The Cat who joined us this year.
I guess life is pretty good when you have good people around you, and I'll always be thankfull for every one of them.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

From Pajamas Media to OSM to Pajamas Media

Whats in a name change? The name Pajamas Media suggest a bunch of bloggers getting together and implied that maybe we would get some creative rebelious fun bloggers to present us with opinions comentary and news that the MSM wouldn't cover. Instead we got Open Sourced Media, llc. or OSM. OSM premiered and it had the look and read of what its name suggest something boring,uninspired and lacking lacking color, and what could be found at many MSM sights. Its really a shame because the people behind OSM are talented and have something to say. Laurence Simon over at This Blog is Full of Crap, finds that they have been having problems getting things right. What seems to have happened is that they have become the corporate identity of the Main Stream Media.

Now they have decided that they will go back to Pajamas Media. The shame is that the reasoning is not of attitude or content, but for typical corporate reasoning.

We went from being www.pajamasmedia.com to OSM™ Media, LLC, the OSM being short for Open Source Media. And oh, what a drubbing we took. Many, many readers pointed out to us that OSM™ was an oxymoron; the open source tech community expressed concern; and a very fine gentleman named Christopher Lydon at Open Source (www.radioopensource.org) politely pointed out that we might be trampling on his space. (We’re sending him a pair of warm, fuzzy slippers, a heartfelt apology, and his name back, as we speak.)
I see no reason to believe that they will live up to sum of the talent these folks represent. Its a shame and I wish them all lots of success, but I don't see them as the best of the blogs, but to me the site is still just another MSM without much distinction. The sum is less than the the individual parts.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Al-Qaida Staging at Northern Mexican Border

I caught Rep. Culberson on KTRH telling a rather disturbing tale. Apparrently he is going to anyone who will listen.

An al-Qaida operative who was on the FBI's terrorist watch list was recently captured near the Mexican border, housed in a Texas jail and turned over to federal agents, Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, said on Friday.

"A confirmed al-Qaida terrorist, an Iraqi national, was held in the Brewster County jail," Rep. Culberson told ABC Radio host Sean Hannity. "He was captured in Mexico. This was within the last six weeks. He was turned over to the FBI."

The Texas Republican said he obtained the stunning information about the terrorist's capture "from the sheriffs who were directly involved.

"In fact, one was the sheriff who incarcerated him in the Brewster County jail [and who] confirmed this as well," he explained. The same sheriff also confirmed "that this guy is on the FBI's al-Qaida list," he added.

What is disturbing is that the FBI is secretly holding him and has just disapeared. I understand that the FBI might not want to face public scrutiny in their interigation methods and what they have found, but it seems pretty wierd that they are keeping it so quiet that they have someone that is on their most wanted list, and that they are keeping secret what seems to be a clear threat to the American people. What is Al-Qaida doing at our border? It seems as though we have heard about vague threats about our security at our southern border, but its all been hypothetical. This sounds like its a real threat. It will be interesting to see if the MSM picks up on this story. Rep. Culberson also mentioned another story, that the MSM hasn't picked up much regarding an armed standoff at the border.

The border incident occurred Thursday evening when Border Patrol agents attempted to pull over a dump truck on Interstate 10 in Hudspeth County, Texas. The driver fled from the agents, exiting the freeway and driving toward the Rio Grande which runs within 2 miles of the interstate in this portion of West Texas.

The driver abandoned the truck after it became stuck in the river bed, escaping into Mexico.


Agents called for reinforcement from the Texas state troopers and Hudspeth County sheriff and began unloading the haul – estimated to have been nearly 3 tons – when everything changed.

Officers "started to retrieve the bundles when the armed subjects appeared," said Agent Ramiro Cordero, Border Patrol spokesman.

According to Hudspeth County Chief Deputy Mike Doyal, the dump truck driver returned with armed men, some of whom drove "official looking vehicles with overhead lights." Some of those armed, Doyal told the El Paso Times, appeared to be Mexican soldiers in uniform with military weapons.

"It's a very serious incident," Doyal said. "We are very fortunate ... no one got hurt. Everyone had the presence of mind not to cause an international incident, or start shooting."


This was an armed confrontation! Things have gotten out of control. I can't get excited about most illegal aliens, and I don't worry to much about whether the next door neighbors gardener has a green card, but there is this little matter of security, and armed confrontations at our border don't get the same attention that a missing blond teenager gets in our MSM. Whats wrong here?

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Zarqawi may be Dead

Its no certainty yet, and there have been other rumors of his death. Maybe just maybe.

The Elaph Arab media website reported on Sunday that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the head of the al-Qaida in Iraq terror group, may have been killed in Iraq on Sunday afternoon when eight terrorists blew themselves up in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

The unconfirmed report claimed that the explosions occurred while coalition forces surrounded the house in which al-Zarqawi was hiding. American and Iraqi forces are looking into the report.

This may be one of many successes compared to so few setbacks.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Blogs Are Media

Well, the FCC decided that blogs are just as much media as are newspapers television , or radio.
In addition, as part of its written request, Fired Up! noted that its sites would "endorse, expressly advocate, and urge readers to donate funds to the election of Democratic candidates for federal state, and local office." The FEC did not challenge this aspect of Fired Up's activities.

What This Means: Under the Commission's rules, "any person involved in a specific activity 'indistinguishable in all its material aspects'" from Fired Up! can rely upon this ruling unless Congress acts otherwise, and you can imagine what sites might feel better-protected today. Any such site engaged in news, commentary and editorial can continue in such activities without fear of falling into FEC filing requirements turning groups into political committees or incorporated sites into outlaws. [N.B. RedState.org has chosen to organize and file as a political committee, and is not directly affected by today's outcome.]

This is a tremendous victory for online free speech and will impact on the current debate in Congress. Kudos to Marc Elias and Brian Svoboda of the Perkins Coie law firm who are responsible, as well as the five FEC Commissioners who understood that neither the First Amendment, the statutes nor common sense could tolerate a different result.

I suppose that it is good news, but I assumed the first ammendment gave me these rights anyway and that I have a right to support any isue, idea or candidate that I please. I assumed that the first Ammendment rights overrule any opinion that the FEC, FCC or any other three letter agency. It is not up to the FEC to give me these rights, Its up to them to defend them. There is a difference.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

OSM makes its Debut

It started out as an exciting idea conceived after the Rathergate. A joint project consisting of some of the most prestigous bloggers. They even gave it the name of Pajamas Media. It was supposed to be a conglomeration of rebelious blogger types., or at least that was my expectation. They renamed it to Open Sourced Media. Although the group has some very fine bloggers including Glenn Reynolds and Charles Johnson I guess when one takes a lot of folks with so much talent mix it all together and one is likely to to come up with Cream of Wheat, very blah. Laurence Simon has a beef with them too. Seems as though they can't spell "Houston" The change of name says it all instead of being a collection the irreverant bloggers they are now a collection of MSM media wannabees. Although I'm disapointed, I still wish them all luck. Maybe if they link to me I might put them on the Sidebar. I doubt if we'll see much worth linking in articles.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

UN pulls out of internet takeover.

ICAAN is the American company that runs the internet. Well they don't rally run it, the internet runs itself, but they are the ones who assign ISP numbers and domain names. Most folks in the know will agree that they've done a pretty good job. Koki Anan decided that even though they had no complaints int the way things were handled, It was to important to be handled by an American Company. So they decided to have a summit meating in Tunis to decide when and how to take the internet away from the American swine.

The United Nations' so-called World Summit on the Information Society opens today in Tunis, Tunisia, proposing to set up U.N. sway over the Internet under the slogan of bridging the "digital divide." But that's the wrong metaphor. This three-day jamboree is a U.N. turf grab: the latest case of the U.N. misinterpreting its noble mandate to promote peace as a license to take a piece of anything it can get.

As usual, the U.N. for reasons sadly unrelated to actual performance, is styling itself as the champion of the poorest people, in the poorest countries. (This is the same U.N. that still hasn't repaid or even apologized to the people of Iraq for the billions worth of their national assets that were grafted, stolen and wasted under U.N. supervision in the Oil for Food program). In the face of mounting public concern over the Tunis summit, Secretary-General Kofi Annan betook himself recently to the pages of the Washington Post to argue that the main aim is "to ensure that poor countries get the full benefits that new information and communication technologies--including the Internet--can bring to economic and social development." Mr. Annan concluded with what I suppose was meant to be a clarion call: "I urge all stakeholders to come to Tunis ready to bridge the digital divide," etc., etc.

What Mr. Annan evidently does not care to understand, and after his zillion-year career at the U.N. probably never will, is that for purposes of helping the poor, the problem is not a digital divide. It is not the bytes, gigs, blogs and digital wing-dings that define that terrible line between the haves and the have-nots. These are symptoms of the real difference, which we would do better to call the dictatorial divide.

In free societies, all sorts of good things flourish, including technology and highly productive uses of the Internet. In despotic systems, human potential withers and dies, strangled by censorship, starved by central controls, and rotted by the corruption that inevitably accompanies such arrangements. That poisonous mix is what prevents the spread of prosperity in Africa, and blocks peace in the Middle East, and access to computers, or for that matter, food, in North Korea (which is of course sending a delegate to Tunis).


So they meet at Tunisia, and decide not to attempt the big take over.

Negotiators from more than 100 countries agreed late Tuesday to leave the United States in charge of the Internet's addressing system, averting a U.S.-EU showdown at this week's U.N. technology summit.

U.S. officials said early Wednesday that instead of transferring management of the system to an international body such as the United Nations, an international forum would be created to address concerns. The forum, however, would have no binding authority.

All this is good news, but there are lessons to be learned. I think the whole idea of this was to punnish the U.S. to fund the 3rd world dictatorships. Joe's Dartblog presents his thoughts.

What is the import of this pact? I think what is immediately remarkable is that stateside opposition to the UN/EU takeover attempt was—and remains—barely a blip on the international scene. There have been a few op-eds and one or two leaders in Congress, but no big, resounding show was ever made by American citizens to protect the internet from falling under the UN’s pocked auspices. And yet, what a thorough deal this seems to be. It is a complete “hands off!” as regards the administration of assigned names and numbers. It seems likely that elites at the United Nations foresaw that, if the debate penetrated deep into America, and if our private sector and citizenry were awakened to it, the movement to hold firmly onto the ‘net would be nothing short of a groundswell. There was going to be no co-opting the internet unless the debate remained restrained, technical, and quiet. International institutionalists here chose their battle wisely, and compromised all of their demands for internationalizing control of the internet.
Be ever vigilent the thieving bastards are everywhere.

Bush Speaks Empty Words.

President Bush gives a speach challenging the Red Chinese and praising Taiwan.

In remarks sure to irritate his Chinese hosts, Bush prodded the communist nation to grant basic freedoms to its 1.3 billion people and further open its economy.

"We encourage China to continue down the road of reform and openness," Bush told an audience that stayed silent until its polite applause at the end. "By meeting the legitimate demands of its citizens for freedom and openness, China's leaders can help their country grow into a modern, prosperous, and confident nation."

His challenge to Beijing immediately followed lavish praise of Taiwan.

"By embracing freedom at all levels, Taiwan has delivered prosperity to its people and created a free and democratic Chinese society," Bush said. Pointing to Taiwan - as well as South Korea - Bush said political freedoms are the inevitable product of the kind of economic liberalization China has begun pursuing.

"Men and women who are allowed to control their own wealth will eventually insist on controlling their own lives and their own future," he said. "As China reforms its economy, its leaders are finding that once the door to freedom is opened even a crack, it cannot be closed."

Comparing Taiwan and China, even indirectly, raises a major thorn in U.S.-China relations. China regards the island as its own and has threatened to invade if Taiwan declares formal independence. While U.S. policy recognizes only one China - including Taiwan - and opposes Taiwanese independence, Washington also is Taiwan's largest arms benefactor and is bound by the Taiwan Relations Act to help Taiwan defend itself if attacked.

What Bush hasn't done is to relate our trade with Chinese progress with civil rights. As the Chinese seem have been cracking down on their citizens. He was also silent about any threat of retaliation to the communist state if they attempt a takeover of Taiwan. Although his speach is sure to upset the red communist, there is nothing behind them. No threats no promises - no stick no carrot.

Still, the call for change in China was not as tough as some on Capitol Hill and among his conservative supporters might want, as it was accompanied by praise on several fronts.

Bush recognized that economic reforms have resulted in a better-housed, better-fed populace, and he lauded China's leadership in the effort to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons programs.

But while the president said China should allow people to worship without state control - a point he hoped to underscore by visiting an officially recognized church while in Beijing - Bush did not mention China's human rights record.

Nor did he mention their guided missiles, modeled after ours, aimed at us.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

The Politics Of Self Destruction.

Tuesday the Republicans were exposed as vulnerable at the polls, and the Republican Congress responds by doing the liberal thing and voting to can ANWR drilling, Refuses to budget cut the greasiest of pork, and supporting censorious bills to limit the 1st amendment. We can no longer blame the Democrats, They control nothing. The Republicans have turned into Democrats, and they are going to find themselves in big trouble in 2006 unless they wake up real soon, Can a conservative honestly support this party of hypocrites any more? At least the Democrats don't claim to be about economic growth, and small government. Conservatives are concerned, and they should be.

Republicans in both the Senate and the House were in disarray today. In the House, the party's leaders had to yank their ballyhooed $54 billion budget-cutting bill when it became apparent that their attempted compromise had failed to garner majority support. In a slap at the party's conservative base, the leadership agreed to cave in to the environmentalist lobby on ANWR oil drilling, an absolutely inexcusable move in a time of high oil prices. At the same time, "moderate" Republicans still failed to support the measure because they apparently can't stomach even the slightest budget cuts, notwithstanding the nation's current deficits and unprecedented spending increases.

That was bad enough, but what the Senate did may have been even worse. The Senate Finance Committee was unable to get behind an extension of the President's tax cuts, even for a single year, let alone permanently. Olympia Snowe was the villain here, but, to be fair, all Republicans (and Democrats) who have supported tax cuts while also voting for mushrooming increases in spending are equally to blame.

So the Republicans are shooting themselves in the foot once again. The national media are having a field day, recording the party's panic and disarray. What I want to know is, what is the source of the apparent malaise on the Republican side of the aisle?

Almost exactly one year ago, President Bush was re-elected with more votes than had ever been cast for a Presidential candidate, breaking Ronald Reagan's 1984 record. Not only did Bush sweep to victory by a three million vote margin, the Republicans increased their majorities in both the House and the Senate, the first time this trifecta had been accomplished since 1964.

Republicans are taking it all for granted, in the mean time support for them is waning away. Conservatives who look for conservative spending budgets, smaller and more responsive goverment might be hard pressed to ever vote democrat, but they are also going to have a hard time donating money to a party that is looking more and more like 1994 Democratic party.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Veterans Day

Its one of those holidays that doesn't seem to get celebrated that much any more. I still have to go to work. Won't see any parades. Still, I plan on telling the veterans I work with how much I appreciate what they have done for all of us.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Tibetans Greet Hu

Chinese students met Communist Red Chinese President Hu.
Hundreds of Tibetans and human rights activists staged a "die-in" outside Buckingham Palace as Chinese president Hu Jintao arrived for a State Banquet.
In London the English government and royal family honored the murdering despot, while the survivors issued complaints.

The group said that following the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1950, President Hu was responsible for the brutal imposition of martial law in 1989. SFTUK's national co-ordinator Alice Speller said: "One in six Tibetans are dead due to the Chinese occupation, and yet the international community is silent in the face of such blatant state terror.
They loudly proclaim this same right to ocupy and govern Taiwan. The Tibetans ask that Tony Blair speak out.

SFTUK's national co-ordinator Alice Speller said: "One in six Tibetans are dead due to the Chinese occupation, and yet the international community is silent in the face of such blatant state terror.

"Tony Blair must speak out about President Hu's actions in Tibet and China's ongoing occupation of that country, or he risks becoming complicit in the atrocities committed there."

Dalha Tsering of the Tibetan community in Britain and co-organiser of the event said: "As Hu Jintao receives the highest state honour in this country, we are staging this street theatre to remind him, and the world, of the death that he authored in my homeland, Tibet.

"Many Tibetans here will never meet family members because he took their lives, and created such fear that many have left for a life in exile.

"Hu still has the blood of my Tibetan countrymen on his hands, and yet world politicians are unwilling to seek justice on our behalf."

Tibetan activist Karma Chura-Tsang said: "As we protest near the monument to the Unknown Soldier, the Tibetan people remain unknown victims of 50 years of Chinese dictatorship.

"This is our symbolic tribute to the all those Tibetans who have died fighting for their freedom."



In the meantime as if to prove they will cower to western ideas of basic human rights the Communist government has cracked down on folks publishing dangerous matereals. Yeah, the Bible. Yet Tony Blair, President Bush, nor any of the world leaders dare speak out against the biggest enemy of human rights. China justmight be The Ghetto of Human Rights.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Going After Sony


As Sony's Cd protection scheme is screwing up peoples computers. There may be some help.
It seems that a California based Law firm GREEN WELLING LLP has taken up this issue , good for them.

" We would be interested in speaking to all U.S. residents that have experienced this problem before the EULA was changed. We have looked at many DRM cases and Sony went too far with this particular scheme. "

There Website is here http://www.classcounsel.com/
Look under Cosumer Protection.



You can contact us at gw@classcounsel.com.
Someone needs to got to jail over this. Sony is screwing up peoples computers and assuming no responsibility for this. If there was ever an excuse for folks to go peer to peer. Sony is providing it.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Not Looking Good.

I might have chosen the losing side on the the Proposition 2 issue. This doesn't mean at all that I've chosen the wrong side. Just about al lthe right sided blogsters are for Prop 2. and I feel like I'm standing alone. The thing is I understand how people are uncomfortable about gay marriages. I understand how they can feel that a homosexual lifestyle is wrong. But. . . To me the propositition is about hate, and intolorance.

Why should any straight person care if a gay person gets married? Its really none of our bussiness is it? I also feel that a marriage is between a man and a woman. Thats why I married a woman. If someone feels otherwise why should my beliefs be instilled on them. Its none of my bussiness. I nor anyone else should have to like it.

So I will go and vote against Proposition tommorrow knowing its a real long shot. Then again in 1980 I thought Reagan didn't stand a chance.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

The French Solution.

Thanks to Rand Simburg for pointing this out. Steven Plaut has a solution for the French problem.
Paris is now being targeted by violent rioting hordes. For years, the French accused American racism of having produced the race riots in the US in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as the Los Angeles riots after the Rodney King business. And the French are sure that only Jewish cussedness and just plain Israeli evil lie behind the behavior of the Palestinian pogromchiki. The Gall of dem Galls!

Well, now that the French are experiencing their own intifada, we suggest that they resolve the problem using the very same plan that they have been trying for decades to impose upon Israel. Yes, comrades, it is time to implement the Land for Peace Plan, Paris-style. Here it is:
...

First, until this plan is implemented in full, we must insist that the French government acknowledge that there is no military or police solution to the problems of violence in its suburbs, and only through recognizing the legitimacy of the demands of the murderers and rioters outside Paris can the problems be resolved.

Second, we all agree that territory must not be annexed by force. Therefore, we can also agree that Germany has a moral right to demand the return of Alsace-Lorraine, for the French aggression in 1945 and its consequent occupation must not be rewarded. ''A full withdrawal for full peace'' should operate here. Further, France must agree to the return and rehabilitation of all ethnic Germans expelled from Alsace-Lorraine after World Wars I and II, as well as all those they define as their descendents.

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Sony Introduces Malware on Music CD's

I saw a report on this last week, and thought that surely Sony will try to make this right, so I decided to wait and see what happens. It isn't pretty.

Last week on Mark Russinovich blogged on his discovery of a rootkit in his system, and unfolded his detailed detective work to find out where it came from.
Not only had Sony put software on my system that uses techniques commonly used by malware to mask its presence, the software is poorly written and provides no means for uninstall. Worse, most users that stumble across the cloaked files with a RKR scan will cripple their computer if they attempt the obvious step of deleting the cloaked files.
Once the sofware is installed there is no way the casual user can get rid of this thing, There is no Uninstall, and the files are cloaked in such a way as to be invisible. The software once installed will cause a 1 to 2 percent CPU usage.

OK, Sony got caught and one might expect they would try to head off a potential public relations disaster. But the ever arrogant Sony came out with the fix that fixes nothing

Despite a chorus of criticism over Sony not delivering an uninstaller with their DRM software, Sony refuses to admit blame and to make an uninstaller readily available. The uninstall question on Sony's FAQ page directs you to another page that asks you to fill out a form requesting for uninstall directions to be emailed to you:

There’s no way to access the uninstaller without providing this information, and clicking on the Sony privacy policy link at the bottom of the page takes you to a notice that your email address will be added to various Sony marketing lists.

A few minutes after submitting the form I received an email assigning me a case ID and directing me to another page on Sony’s site where I would have to submit an uninstall request a second time:

You have to agree to get spammed by the bastards that gave you this trojan to get rid of it!!
Then it turns out it doesn't work after all. The uninstaller doesn't uninstall at all!

A new developement is that even though Sony denies it, The software is proven spyware it phones home reporting your IP numbers, and the CD that you are playing. A true invasion of privacy. all this is done without the owners permission or knowledge.
I dug a little deeper and it appears the Player is automatically checking to see if there are updates for the album art and lyrics for the album it’s displaying. This behavior would be welcome under most circumstances, but is not mentioned in the EULA, is refuted by Sony, and is not configurable in any way.

Sony BMG in her arrogance is asking to be sued, or perhaps even criminally prosecuted

Call to Arms.

Lots of pundits have smuggly pointed fingers at the governments of France that have created conditions that foster unrest. There is plenty of blame to be passed around, but I can see no excuse for the violence imposed on the rioters. They have not made clearly their complaints and subsequentually haven't made clear what to do about it. The first paragraph of our Declaration of Independance makes this abundantly clear.
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
Today folks have media, mailings and the internet to bring about their complaints. Instead the French disidents just vent their rage without giving dialog a chance. The French people and the elected government are being forced to meet violence with violence and there will be little sympathy given to those who would destroy what others have worked so hard to build. The reason that they protest is that the riots are an emotional venting by mostly young folks who are angry, but intellectually incapable of expressing themselves in meaningful dialog. Instead the rioters are fostering more hatred and distrust with their fellow countryman.

Every night the violence spreads and grows There are people pulling the strings, manipulating and directing this anger. The rioters may not even be aware that they are part of some organized group, or what the unspoken goals are. Rueters implies its Drug Dealers and Islamist Fascist.
Authorities say the rolling nightly riots are being organised via the Internet and mobile phones, and have pointed the finger at drug traffickers and Islamist militants.
I don't know how drug dealers would benefit from this social unrest. But the riots do fit in with Islamic Extremist stated goals. I suspect that the anarchist groups that show up at all the WTA summits might be behind some of this. It looks like their style.

One might ask who is being hurt by all this unrest and arson.

Residents in affected zones wept and vented their dismay.

"This is too much, stop! Stop, do something else, but not this, not violence," sobbed a woman in Evreux, a normally quiet Normandy town where a shopping mall, 50 vehicles, a post office and two schools were destroyed.

"My wife's out of a job now," fumed another resident. "I've two kids, a house to pay for and a car loan. What do I do now?"

Evreux mayor Jean-Louis Debre, a Chirac confidant who is speaker of the lower house of parliament, told reporters at the scene: "A hundred people have smashed everything and strewn desolation. Well, they don't form part of our universe."

When they have aliened all their neighbors and relatives they might stop. They aren't going to find many allies in the with the mainsteam French.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

The Right to Blog

Blogging is under attack. There those who believe that the first amendment rights are conditional. That political commentary and reporting should be done only when supervised by the appropriate goverment authorities. The problem is that it has been ruled by the courts that any time a blogger posts as part of a political debate or in support of a candidate it is just like making a political donation. Those in power do not want an unfettered blogoshere putting out information and analysis that they don't control. If the first ammendment protections mean anything at all Online Freedom of Speech Act must be passed. Otherwise there are going to be a whole lot of felons because I don't think that many of us will be silenced.
Update:
Rhymes with Right is taking a stand.

Some clearly will fall silent. Others, including this site, will continue to write and publish what we believe until we are silenced by the FEC’s jackbooted thugs. They will be prying this keyboard from my cold, dead fingers.
When push comes to shove, there will be many of us who will not back down.


Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Revolt of the Eggheads

The Mier's nomination, and her subsquent withdrawel, represents a revolt within the Republican party. Raw thinks of it as RAW360: Revolt of the Eggheads Maybe, but I believe these are reluctant rebels.
Much has been talked about with Miers, so I don't feel the need to waste our time on rehashing what has been said elsewhere. It's apparent, to me, that Miers was a poor pick. Easy to say now, of course, but any time a nominee has to step aside before it even begins due to objections within your stable, it's pretty tough to put forth face-saving spin. I was never particularly excited about Miers and as the opposition to the nomination mounted, I found myself agreeing with it. At the same time, though, while I found Miers uninspiring and a poor pick, she was nowhere near worthy of the multitude of attacks heaped on her.

It's all quite astonishing, really, until you consider that it was never really about Miers at all.

It has not been a particularly easy time to be a Republican. One by one, many of us have looked back at the Administration that we are defending and realizing that only are we finding ourselves defending the indefensible, we're defending much of what we're here to attack.

Although, RAW seems to believe this rebelian was about philisophical and intellectual principles, I think think the Miers revolt is the tip of a huge iceburg. To me it was all about integrity, and total disgust with GWB's cronyism. To present Miers as the best there is was a slap in the face at those who voted for a presidency that was supposed to be an administration that has integrity. Even Clinton didn't try to get one of his long time budies into the Supreme Court. The Republicans are supposed to be better than that. Bush's adminstration is not the root of the problem, nor the best example of the what the the Republicans are becoming. To see what the Republicans have become, one needs to look at the Legislature. The supposedly conservative Tom DeLay proclaims that there is no fat to cut on the budget. Kay Baily Hutchenson intends to run for a third term when she campained for her first term to be a 2 term Senator only. The Republic led Senate is resisting cost cutting introduced by Senator Coburn. Voters know that Democrats wouldn't be any better, but they are starting to have difficulty supporting Republicans who aren't delivering on what we expect from them. If we critisize Republicans we give Democrats more ammunition, if we remain quiet nothing will ever improve. Pogo said it best. " We have met the enemy, and he is us."

Denver Votes to Legalize Pot.

The Denver Post informs us that the Denver voted by a narrow margin tho legalize up to 1 ounce of marijuana. The only catch is that it is that pot is still illegal throughout all of Colorado.

Denver residents Tuesday voted to legalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, but the state attorney general said the vote was irrelevant because state law will still be enforced.

The measure passed 54 percent to 46 percent.

I always thought that a 54 to 46 percent was concidered a decent victory. The politicing of SAFER a Marijuana advocacy group has upset a few people with their SAFER slogans.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Jackie Cole Won't get Endorsed at this Blog

Jacke Cole wants no smoking in any bar, restaurant, or public place. I guess the concept of private property and the free market totally escapes her. How does someone like this ever get elected? There is a a public meeting tonight, for both sides to vent their opinions. Dr. Cole already made up her mind.
The council had proposed a complete ban on smoking in bars, restaurants and other public buildings, but, with the exception of Councilwoman Jackie Cole, the council has since indicated that the ordinance it ultimately backs will allow smoking under some circumstances.