Saturday, November 28, 2009

Google Wave Invites

If any of my good readers would like invites to Google Wave drop me an email.
Liberty at Libertysblog.com
Give me a good email address, I have several and its first come first served. When I run out I'm out.

Once you sign up though it may be a few days before you get an account.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Consumer Tip HDMI Cable

Black Friday is coming up and the economy isn't so hot, so the retail big box stores are expected to have lots of sales on the big ticket items. I've noticed that some unscrupulous stores such as Best Buy and Radio Shack, attempt an up charge by pushing the need for their HDMI cables at $100.00 and more.

You don't need a $100 piece of wire. While HDMI connections are the way to go the cables can be bought at a reasonable cost. I've seen them under $20.00 at Sams, Fryes, Walmart and any where on line. There is no reason to let them sucker you in at at Fryes or at Radio Shack. Charging those prices is deceptive and price gouging. If you see the prices let them know you are offended at their gouging practices.

Remember its only a wire.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Abuse at the Texas City Dike

The police are having a field day harrassing the good people and citizens looking for a place to go fishing. Texas City Police seem to enjoy their reputation of being the bullies of Galveston County. Seems as though when they aren't bullying people trying to salvage their hurricane damaged properys with their blockades or arresting people for enjoying a tournement of Texas Hold 'em. Texas city police believe that serving and protecting is bullying the citizens into submission. 81 John Ringer rode his bicycle up the 5 mile dike and back.
The 81-year-old Texas City resident said he rode his bicycle to the end of the dike Saturday. By the time he returned to the dike entrance, four police officers were waiting, he said.

Ringer said he knew it was against the rules to be on the dike, but with the pier closed, hundreds of cars of anglers who would normally be on the dike are now packed in along Skyline drive on the hurricane levee.

“I didn’t know I could cause so much trouble,” Ringer said. “But it wasn’t as dangerous riding my bike on the dike as it would have been on the levee.”

Ringer said three men who were crabbing in an area where the levee connects to the base of the dike also were ticketed.
Now why are they giving the tickets? It seemed safe safe enough for an 81 year old man to ride his bicycle. Maybe its the four hundred of tickets at $260 a piece is significant money. This type of money is worthy of trickery.
Evangelos Koutougeras, got a ticket but he wasn't even on the dike.
“I took my kayak from the levee and went out to Mosquito Island and this cop he calls me over to the dike with his bullhorn,” Koutougeras said. “I had to walk in the water to meet the cop. He tells me ‘you are trespassing,’ I told him I wasn’t on the dike until he called me over.”

Koutougeras, 54, said he has been fishing in the area since 1992 and that while he doesn’t think the dike should be closed, insisted he never was on the dike when he launched his kayak for a day of fishing on Nov. 4.
“I took my kayak from the levee and went out to Mosquito Island and this cop he calls me over to the dike with his bullhorn,” Koutougeras said. “I had to walk in the water to meet the cop. He tells me ‘you are trespassing,’ I told him I wasn’t on the dike until he called me over.”

Koutougeras, 54, said he has been fishing in the area since 1992 and that while he doesn’t think the dike should be closed, insisted he never was on the dike when he launched his kayak for a day of fishing on Nov. 4.

Stanton said citations are supposed to be issued only to people who are on the dike and not in the water, on the levee or on sandbars such as Mosquito Island.

Koutougeras said he was so angry he threw all the fish he’d caught back in the water. He said would fight the ticket.



Stanton said citations are supposed to be issued only to people who are on the dike and not in the water, on the levee or on sandbars such as Mosquito Island.

Koutougeras said he was so angry he threw all the fish he’d caught back in the water. He said would fight the ticket.



“I took my kayak from the levee and went out to Mosquito Island and this cop he calls me over to the dike with his bullhorn,” Koutougeras said. “I had to walk in the water to meet the cop. He tells me ‘you are trespassing,’ I told him I wasn’t on the dike until he called me over.”

Koutougeras, 54, said he has been fishing in the area since 1992 and that while he doesn’t think the dike should be closed, insisted he never was on the dike when he launched his kayak for a day of fishing on Nov. 4.

Stanton said citations are supposed to be issued only to people who are on the dike and not in the water, on the levee or on sandbars such as Mosquito Island.

Koutougeras said he was so angry he threw all the fish he’d caught back in the water. He said would fight the ticket.

Yeah the cop called him to the dike on a bullhorn. This officer was surely thinking about "protecting and serving" .

Police all over deserve respect, but one really has to wonder about the bullies that call themselves police officers in Texas City. Who are they protecting and who are they realling serving when they harrass citizens? Maybe the people in Texas City would be better protected and enjoy more freedom with fewer police? Tactics lik this suggust the police are just looking ang inventing crime just to justify their existance.

Friday, November 06, 2009

A Heroine in Fort Hood

While the media hasn't had much to say about the massacre at Fort Hood, except to try to explain why it wasn't a muslim terroristic attack. While it seems pretty clear that the shooter undeniably caused terror, and certainly was a muslim who yelled out Allah Akabar, as he mowed down over 40 people. The media also doesn't seem to pay much notice to the real story of a young lady who stopped the attack even after she had been shot. Sergeant Kimberly Munley, a civilian police officer stationed at the base undoubtably saved many lives while put hers in serious jeopardy.

Sergeant Munley managed to hit Major Hasan four times but was herself hit by a bullet that passed through both her legs, according to witnesses.

Colonel John Rossi, briefing reporters at Fort Hood this morning, said that Major Hasan's victims, who were killed in a part of the base used to process soldiers for deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan, had all been unarmed. Sergeant Munley had been the first armed person on the scene and had immediately taken him on.

"Her efforts were superb," he said.

Colonel Steven Braverman, commander of the base hospital and Major Hasan's supervisor, said that Sergeant Munley was in a stable condition in a nearby community hospital.

It's worth noting that the normal media hasn't found the story note worthy, They rather report on the cowardly actions of Hasan, than to report on the lady that stopped him.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Ubuntu and the Karmic Koala

Ubuntu has a new release out 9.10 or the Karmic Koala. It may very well be worth considering for a lot of folks.

Some of the OS upgrade is about hardware sto askupport. Other enhancements may be about increasing performance. The new Ubuntu 9.10 release provides better better support for hardware, better Intel video graphics support and audio in particular. Some features that are getting lots of attention seem kind of lame to me. Ubuntu One is about off line data syncing. I prefer dropbox because it universally works with most Linux installs as well as Windows and Mac platforms. Ubuntu One does have syncing with their notes program and I think the address book of Evolution the email program.

Most people use their computers for a few Basic Functions.
Web Surfing, Email, Media and Playing silly games. So far I find that Ubunto provides the solutions for these better than or as well as Windows does. All without Purchasing any software. There is no point any more about which is best Windows or Linux. The question to ask today is "Do I need windows/Apple for this computer?"

There are those of us who need to run special software such as Autocad, or specific hardware that just doesn't have Linux support. But many of us also have computers that will run better, faster and for less money than for what Bill Gates or Steve Jobs has to offer.