Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Ten in a Row

Barak Obama wins Hawaii and Wisconsin. That makes it 10 in a Row. Sounds like a sweep to us. Larry Kudlow puts it this way.

Please allow me a dose of hardened market realism concerning Obama's landslide victory in Wisconsin. The race is over. Hillary is finished. The Clinton Restoration is over. President Bill Clinton's political invincibility is over. Hillary's electability is over.
Obama got to the far Left faster than she did. He out organized her in the precincts. He out fundraised her. He out speechified her. He out-hustled her. He out-dressed her. He out-presidentialed her. He outdid her and he outbid her for votes, one promised government check at a time.
Hillary is counting on Texas and Ohio in a couple of weeks, While she might do well here in Texas. She is probably in trouble in Ohio. Yesterday the phones were ringing here in Galveston, the Democrats were inviting folks to come down to the new Justice Center and hear Bill speak. They should have a good crowd and a good time in Galveston. Like Nero playing the fiddle while Rome burned. Hillary will continue to lose around the country.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

A petition to Save XP

I just set up a new computer this weekend, It was the dinosaur XP Pro. I have no use for Microsoft Vista. My favorite applications womn't work on it and I don't care for the idea of getting Microsoft's permission to run my favorite hardware and drivers that have worked faithfully for years. Its not only me, most IT professionals that aren't actually in Microsofts pocket will admit that its crap. While pretty and with some nice features its basically crap.

Infoworld is begging Microsoft to spare taking it away from us, with a petition drive.

"Over the past year, CIOs and CTOs have consistently told me they see no significant benefits to Vista, and really don't want to spend the time and money to update all their computers, retrain their users, and deal with application incompatibilities for a cosmetic upgrade," said Galen Gruman, executive editor at InfoWorld.

Already, due to customer resistance to Vista, Microsoft has granted XP a stay of execution, delaying its scheduled demise from December 31, 2007, to June 30, 2008. But that's not enough. InfoWorld's editors believe Microsoft should make XP available indefinitely. Therefore, InfoWorld has launched a petition drive aimed at convincing Microsoft to not only stay XP's execution but to take it off Death Row.

Please try to extend the life of XP by signing the petition here.

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Monday, February 18, 2008

Sex Toys Now OK in Texas

In the spirit of Valentines day the 5th district court sex toys get the OK in Texas.
An appeals court has overturned a Texas statute outlawing sex toy sales.

The ruling by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans leaves Alabama as the state with the strictest ban on such devices.

Tuesday's ruling says the Texas law making it illegal to sell or promote obscene devices -- violates the 14th Amendment on the right to privacy.

Companies that own Dreamer's and Le Rouge Boutique, which sell the devices in Austin, and retailer Adam & Eve, sued in in 2004 in Austin.

They appealed after a judge dismissed the suit.

The Texas Attorney General's Office, which represented the Travis County district attorney, has not decided whether to appeal.

In 2004, a woman in Burleson was arrested for selling two sex toys to undercover officers.

Passion Parties consultant Joanne Webb was charged with violating the state's obscenity law. A judge later dismissed her case.
One has to wonder why the state of Texas has these laws and what kind of idiot decides to enforce and fight for these things. These laws are stupid and states shouldn't have any business making or enforcing these types of laws. Alabama had their similar laws supported by the 5th district court last year. What is confusing to me is that the Texan law was overturned because it conflicts with the 14th amendment on the right to privacy.

Amendment 14 - Citizenship Rights

1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

2. Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice-President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the Executive and Judicial officers of a State, or the members of the Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State.

3. No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.

4. The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.

5. The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

Now, I'm no constitutional lawyer but I don't see any right to privacy enumerated above. I suppose this is the same right to privacy that was declared in Roe vs Wade. Does the 11th and the 5th District court follow the same constitution that I do?

Obama Flying the Chavez Banner in Houston


I have been thinking that nothing could be worse than the Billerys as President. I've spoke to a few people who were thinking the same. They were of the belief that we know how horrible the Clintons are and that Obama can't possibly be worse. Maybe they are wrong.

The Houston campaign Headquarters is flying high and proud a Cuban Flag with an image of Marxist Revolutionary Che Guevara emboldened upon it.

This isn't the first time Obama has had flag issues. He refused to wear the flag lapel pin, and he refused to salute the flag in another incident. Apparently he has now found a flag that he can respect.

Could this be the type of change he has been talking about?

Update: 2/18/08
The Lone Star Times has more. Pictures and everything.

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The Demise of the Photoprinter

Mark Twain was announced that the reports of his death were premature. Perhaps The Grouse is getting a little ahead of himself with his prediction, but I was at Fryes this weekend and they were selling off Cannon Photo printers for $25.00
Let us take a moment to mourn the impending death of the Polaroid instant photo. You shall be sorely missed, my shake-and-bake friend. Sniff. And with the death of yet one more beloved but anachronistic technology, let us anticipate the imminent decline of another—the photo printer. Only this time I’ll do so with a smile.

Home inkjet printers and their ilk have for a while now embodied the best and worst of the technological state of the union, as it were. Simply put, they are mainstream products with incredibly high-end engineering, but also represent a ludicrously false economy in the worst way. And for a decade, printer companies having been laughing all the way to the bank at our expense.

I must admuit I disagree, though it is awfully hard to beat the convenience of print at home even at $5,000 a gallon ink prices. If the price of ink starts hurting Hewlett Packard's sales they will be glad to oblige with more reasonable prices, but as long as we are willing to pay they will gladly charge the exorbitant price. I for one will continue to pay.