Friday, December 30, 2005

French Military Victories

Wanna laugh your ass off? Tell your friends to goto and type:

french military victories
and then hit "I feel lucky." Tell your friends quickly before google fixes it. This made my day. Thanks to Mrs. E.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

No Paul, We do need a new category of Citizenship

Once again Canada’s Prime Minister proves that “Liberal” and “softheaded delusional pollyannas” are synonymous. 25 year old self-described terrorist Abdurahman Khadr, was arrested by RCMP Saturday in Scarborough, Ontario on a provisional warrant after returning from a trip to Pakistan. On Sunday Mr. Martin wasted no time asserting that Khadr’s rights as a Canadian citizen will be safeguarded despite his alleged links to al Qaeda. “They came to Canada many, many years ago, and we don’t have two classes of citizenship.”

Alleged? In 2001 Abdurahman Khadr was captured fighting in Afghanistan by coalition forces and held at Guantanamo Bay until late 2003. Afterwards, Khadr told CBC news that he lied to U.S. authorities to get out, and that his family was an “al Qaeda” family who considered Osama Bin Laden a personal friend. Abdurahman says he was trained in Afganistan as a suicide bomber. Khadr’s Sister, Zaynab, was arrested last February after returning to Canada from Pakistan with a laptop and DVDs with Bin Laden recordings and video of terrorist activities. Their brothers have all been linked to terrorist activities, and one is still in Guantanamo Bay for having shot and killed an American Medic in 2002. Abdurahman's mother, Maha said the family supported the al-Qaeda cause, but insist it was never an accepted part of the terrorist organization. Yet her husband, Ahmed Said Khadr, died in October 2003 in a gun-battle with Pakistani police. That same gun battle saw her son, Abdul Khadr, wounded and permanently paralyzed. Maha says that her husband was proud to die as a shaheed, a soldier of Islam.

But Mr. Martin says “alleged.”

According to the CTV news story the provisional warrant for Khadr is in connection to charges by U.S. authorities that Khadr is sought in Massachusetts for:

  • Possession of a destructive device
  • Conspiracy to murder U.S. nationals outside the country.
  • Conspiracy to use a destructive device against U.S. nationals and U.S. property outside the country

The U.S. attorney's office in Boston alleges Abdullah bought explosives, rocket-propelled grenades, mortar rounds and other munitions for al Qaeda at the request of his father, Ahmed Said Khadr.

Abdurahman’s lawyer says the warrant is a cynical and spiteful attempt by the U.S. government to get at his client. Duh. If he actually was an innocent citizen who just happened to have a family with a questionable past, he should be trying to live a exemplary life and have nothing to do with them. But he’s not.

There’s a twenty-five hundred year old parable, told by Aesop, about a farmer who found a snake one winter, dying in the cold. Moved by pity for the creature, he picked it up and warmed it at his breast. Once the cold blooded snake revived, it bit him and the farmer died. The moral of the tale is obvious to anyone with common sense. I suppose that excludes the Liberals, eh?

Let’s look at the Prime Minister’s statement again: “…we don’t have two classes of citizens.” What a wonderful idea Mr. Martin has raised. I’m certain it’d horrify him, but that’s exactly what Canada needs, a provisional class of citizenship for immigrants that can revoked if they prove to be criminals or, as in the Khadr family’s case, the kind of scum who willingly send their children overseas to train as suicide bombers.

Like many liberals who’ve spoken out against the American’s war on terror Mr. Martin is another Richard-head who doesn’t apparently believe there’s consequences to harboring a viper at your breast.

One of my favorite authors, Robert H. Heinlein, many years ago described liberals as people who: “believe that water runs downhill, but praise God, it’ll never reach the bottom.”

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Spreading the Word

Microsoft's new firewall/spyware/internet security program, "WINDOWS SECURITY" beta One Care has been released and now two of my computer-tech buddies have weighed in. DON'T INSTALL THIS SHIT ON YOUR COMPUTER!
It's typical big-corp bean-counter bugs, -er features, in this thing are probably deliberate. Horde Leader the Mad Ogre, says it killed off all the non-Microsoft web apps on his test computer. The only things that were able to connect to the net were Internet Explorer and Microsoft Outlook. Connectivity of his Firefox, Opera, AVG antivirus, and Spysweeper were completely Sabotaged by the Microsoft program. Microsoft said today that 15,000 suckers, I mean, 'users' were already using this software.

I get enough of this big brother attitude from my employer. The last update they preformed on my company computer loaded so much official spyware to watch my usage the effin thing now creeps like a 386.

J.D.'s complete comic strip is at

Thank God there's an Election coming!

Yippee! Now Let's kick those hypocritical, lying, stealing, self-absorbed bastards out!

Thursday, November 24, 2005

IBM LIED, My Credit Card Fried.

Ok, it didn't fry. But they billed my card for a computer I didn't buy.
Last month we ordered a computer, and then changed our minds. I have an email from IBM confirming the cancelation, but the next month they billed me anyway.

When I called them to complain, I was given a different number to call. I called it, and got the EXACT SAME PERSON I had just spoken to. The bitch had actually tried to ditch me onto another call-centre worker. I'm fricken livid. She then tells me I had got her by mistake (yeah, no kidding) because I'd selected the wrong telephone menu choice. (I hadn't) She then said I had to call back, and choose the LAST menu option.
I did so, and got technical support. WTF?
I checked my cancelation email, and saw a Third number and extension to call. I did so. Turns out if you phone that extension the IBM phone system hangs up on you. I tried again in order to repeat the experience of being hung up on by a computer. I had yet another phone number on the email to try, and that one had too many digits.

Is IBM doing this as a matter of policy?

I'm calling the better business bureau.

January 25th: IBM admitted their mistake just before Christmas, and are going to refund my credit card. So they say. Just wait 4-6 weeks for processing. They had my money for nearly 2 months. I will be checking my statement to see if they included any interest.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Wrong is right. Up is down.

California voted last night in favour of the death penalty for unborn babies. Voters chose to defeat a proposition intended to help Parents prevent the abortion industry from taking advantage of their MINOR daughters. Their school teachers can't lay a finger on them without a lawsuit, but they won't be prevented from taking your daughter for an abortion without your knowledge. No death penalty in California... unless you're mom's pregnant.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

France Discovers Appeasement Sucks - Maybe they'll learn this time...

(Image from Cox & Forkum)

There's a hoary old joke that goes:
Question: "How many Soldiers does it take to defend Paris?"
Answer: "Nobody knows, it's never been tried before."

By some accounts, the French are trying now. One person is now known to be dead, and the Islamic riots have spread across France and, according to some reports, Germany and the Netherlands. The foolishness of the post WWII politically correct ideals that allowed millions of 3rd world temporary workers to effectively immigrate to Europe without assimilating is now obvious.

I've wondered if France had, in part, opposed the second Gulf war in an attempt to appease their sizable Muslim minorities. Some news services are carrying stories calling the riots an Intifada, and I heard one radio interview last night that claimed the U.S. has communications intercepts proving this unrest is part of a movement to convert Europe to Islam through violence and intimidation. Nearly 10% of France's population is Muslim, and although many are 2nd generation, there's been little effort to assimilate.

Looking over the past century, there was one continent which managed to absorb a mass of immigration without rioting and widespread disorder. Canada and the United States each had huge territories that begged for settlers. And both nations managed to absorb millions of foreign immigrants without huge changes to their cultural norms.

The reason was Assimilation. As the newcomers arrived they, in many cases enthusiastically, adopted the ways and identities of their adopted nations. It's only in the last 30 years that the 'melting pot' concept of assimilation was discarded in favour of 'multicultural preservation.' Or rather, what began as multiculturalism has turned into an inadverdant but outright attempt to transplant damn near all the 3rd world animosities and conflicts into the 1st world, right alongside the people fleeing them.

You want to emmigrate to France? Become French. You want to live in America? Be American. I've seen reports of immigrant ghettos in Canada and the United States where after TWO GENERATIONS the ethnic newcomers still can't speak english. There are towns in France where Muslims are 70% of the population, and can't speak French.

France is paying the price. We're only a little farther down the timetable.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Sony Liable for Damages

OK, so they haven't been found liable yet. But they should be.

You may or may not have heard the news that Sony BMG has succumbed to the bean-counter's disease. It's that ever eternal quest of the accountant to promote penny-wise and pound-foolish solutions to insignificant problems. Invariably they make things worse.

Take the news this week that Sony BMG has been putting self-installing rootkits in their music CDs as a part of their content protection scheme XCP. It hides Sony's hidden monitoring program from the computer's owner, and is so poorly implemented that hackers are now freely using it to hide their own malware.

The first example I've read about is how losers are using it to hide their cheats from Blizzard's servers when playing World of Warcraft online. I've been vocally in favour of public beatings for these online cheaters for years now, but it's not that big of an issue for the rest of the world. It should be.

Rootkits have been around for a while. But thanks to Sony, there are potentially millions of computer users out there with their root kit in their computers. Every one of them will hide files with "$sys$" in their prefix. It won't be more than a few days before the less capable hackers out there are integrating Sony's root kit into their own small minded schemes.

Now we hear that Sony's patch to remove their rootkit is instead causing user's Windows OS to crash. Lovely. Incompetent f***s.

I hate lawyers, lawsuits, and people who use them. In most instances they've become an impediment to liberty and the pusuit of happiness. But in this case, I hope someone sues Sony's ass into oblivion.

Friday, November 04, 2005

The most evil man in America

(illustration from User Friendly)

Some asshat has figured out a way to end literature in Western civilization. This butthead has decided to patent storylines. Here's a bit from their webpage:

"Knight and Associates is the first patent prosecution firm to attempt to obtain utility patent protection on fictional plots. Knight and Associates consists of Andrew Knight and a team of independent contractors comprising skilled writers and experienced patent attorneys, ready to turn valuable new fictional plots or storylines into U.S. utility patent applications. "

Sure as hell there'll be a wave of bullshit lawsuits against bestselling authors as soon as someone can claim they had an story idea first.

In Dante's inferno wasn't there a pit in hell, where the damned were forced to wade chest deep in shit? Their mouths had been replaced with an anus, and when they sp0ke the shit got deeper.
Perfect place for this guy.

F******g lawyers.

Monday, October 31, 2005

Today's Blatantly Plagarized Parable

Found this at Roger's. It's so good I'm going to use it too.

One day a small businessman, a florist, goes to a barber for a haircut. After the cut he asked about his bill and the barber replies: "I'm sorry, I cannot accept money from you; I'm doing community service this week"
The florist is pleased and leaves the shop. Next morning when the barber goes to open there is a thank you card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.

Later, a cop comes in for a haircut, and when he goes to pay his bill the barber again replies: "I'm sorry, I cannot accept money from you; I'm doing community service this week."
The cop is happy and leaves the shop. Next morning when the barber goes to open up there is a thank you card and a dozen donuts waiting for him at his door.

Later, a member of the BC Teacher's Federation comes in for a haircut, and when he goes to pay his bill the barber again replies: "I'm sorry, I cannot accept money from you; I'm doing community service this week." The Teacher is very happy and leaves the shop. The next morning when the barber goes to open up, there are a dozen Teachers lined up waiting for a free haircut.

And that, my friends, illustrates the fundamental difference between left and right.

Native leaders ask for More Money

Canadian Press is reporting today that Canadian Aboriginal leaders plan to ask the Prime Minister for 5 Billion more dollars next month, and THAT will end native poverty in Canada.
In Regina today, Saskatchewan Indian Nations Chief Alphonse Bird cited the contaminated water crisis in Ontario's Kashechewan reserve and said that is something that is happening on Saskatchewan's reserves too. Native leaders plan on presenting their demand for more money November 24th in Kelowna at the First Minister's conference on aboriginal affairs.

An admirable goal, but is that their only motivation? Or is there something else?
In the CP interview, Chief Alphonse Bird of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations admitted "We also want to maximize the opportunity that is there to bring as much home as possible."

Are you a taxpayer? Does this piss you off? The dept. of Indian affairs pissed away 9 Billion dollars a year. Cut the Civil Service out, and that's 9 Billion divided by 733,626 aboriginals for a total of $24,535.66 for a family of two or $36,803.49 for a family of three or $49,071.32 for a family of four, (thanks again, Tim).

$49,071.32 for a family of four. That's not upper class, but if the Dad also had a job... Anyone who thinks they need another 5 Billion dollars to help wipe out poverty must be either stupid, a civil servant employed by Indian Affairs, or perhaps a less than honest person who might have their fingers in the pie. eh?

Sunday, October 30, 2005

A soldier's Camera

Roger Schultz put me onto this guy's website. He buys old cameras, and develops any film he finds inside. One of the many sets of fascinating photos on his website, is this set by an American soldier in wartime and post-wartime Italy.

The young MP holding the newspaper might be the unknown owner of the camera, he appears in several of the photos. Who was he? From the photos it appears he sailed on the U.S.R.S. Algonquin home from Italy and landing in New York.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Plinking - one of life's little joys best shared.

Took son #1 out the other day, to go plinking with my ol' high school buddy Rod out at a local range. It was too windy for any accurate shooting, but we had a blast anyway. The only improvement could have been the sudden appearance of an occupied gopher colony or two. Yours truly turned out to be champion balloon killer on the 25 yard pistol range.

In this shot, he's firing a 12 gauge slug. Click this link to see his reaction the first time he ever fired a shotgun.

Two of the pistols Rod brought out, a Berretta .22 and his 1911 Colt .45 acp.

Son #1 with the .45 Of all the guns we shot, he seemed to like this one best. I think it was the history of the 1911 Colt that did it.

Hey It's me! Firing Rod's 38-55 calibre Model 94 Winchester, manufactured in June of 1900. We also got to play with his Lee Enfield and M-21.

Son#1 with the Winchester.

This is so true. Rod had also received a gift of 50 hand-loaded .45 ACP rounds. We tried them at the end of the day, and the damn things were loaded with Black Powder! I think he cut it with dirt. The pistol fouled and jammed twice on the first and only magazine we tried.

Day to day life keeps me so busy that it's easy to forget the joys of my youth. I grew up on the farm, and hunting/fishing was something we took for granted. Other than my .22 Cooey or an online computer game, my boys haven't had the pleasure of shooting anything until now. I think that's sad.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Congress passes bill to prevent lawsuits against...

...Against Gun Manufacturers! Ha ha.

To quote the MadOgre,

"By a vote of 283 to 144 Congress passed a bill to protect gun makers from third party misuse of their products.
This is good news for shooters, and of course bad news for the anti-gun lobby. This is only common sense... what I want to know is how these 144 jerkwads justify the support of suing legal business that are in full compliance with the law, for something a criminal does with there product. This would be like someone suing Ford because a drunk ran someone over... it makes no sense and should be barred... which is what this bill does. The only reason that this is even an issue, even in today's Sue-Happy Society is that this was a means to shut down the gun makers. This wasn't about any “Saturday Night Specials” makers – this was all makers... one by one all would have fallen."
Unfortunately, that drunk driver example of a stupid lawsuit is exactly what gutted the general aviation industry in the 1970s and 80s. Because of the "sue the manufacturers because i"m too stupid to safely fly an airplane" asshats, owning a private, factory built Cessna or piper is ruinously expensive. Certificates of airworthiness, 100 hour overhauls, ridiculous insurance rates, and abso-fu**ing-lutely insane new aircraft purchase prices (in order to make sure the manufacturer has money for lawyers and chuckleheaded plaintifs).

If those brilliant examples of democracy in action had any balls they'd pass a "Personal responsibility" bill that would make it harder or impossible for people to blame (and sue) others for their own dumbass actions. Then maybe our "me too" politicos in Canada might actually get up the nerve to do the same thing.

Here's another fuzzy bunny brained example: this week a woman in that worker's paradise, Saskatchewan,
(now there's a province full of soft headed socialists) who had supposedly kicked her Meth-Amphetamine habit, sued her drug dealer for getting her hooked on Meth again. Setting aside all the law-enforcement issues (and man, there's a bunch ) maybe her family should have kept her in rehab longer?

I like to see a scummy drug dealer get in trouble, but I don't think he's going to give a shit about being sued.

Bring back public caning.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

U.S. Airforce testing Transparent Aluminum!

On October 17th, the U.S. Airforce PAO announced they were testing a new aluminum and ceramic based armor at the Aberdeen, MD testing grounds. One officer quoted said it was "light years ahead of armored glass," (no joke).

"The Air Force Research Laboratory's materials and manufacturing directorate is testing aluminum oxynitride -- ALONtm -- as a replacement for the traditional multi-layered glass transparencies now used in existing ground and air armored vehicles. "

Here's another link that may be connected.

Friday, October 14, 2005

MP3 Breast Implants

This qualifies as the stupidest news story of the week. The picture above is a joke, but the story is real.

Ananova is carrying
a story about new breast implants with their own implants: a MP3 player for the left side, and flash storage for a music collection in the right side.

Is someone actually being paid money to think of this shit?

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

stick it to him

This was fun. I hope he likes Juicy Fruit. Seeing as we homeschool, I'm going to get my kids to mail one to the PM too as a socialist studies exercise.
"What the heck is he doing?" you ask. See the previous post or hit the link below.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Commemorative Liberal Coin

Talk about calling a spade a spade; J.J. McCullough at Fillibuster had a great idea. Wouldn't it be great if the former CEO of the Canadian Mint, the disgraced David Dingwall, and his fellow Liberal Party cronies in corruption were the subject of a series of commemorative coins?
Dingwalls exhorbitant expense accounts are offensive, (salary: $250,000 expense allowance: $750,000 ) this asshole even billed the taxpayer for chewing gum. Upon public discovery of his peculation he quit his job, and the Prime Minister promised him a HALF MILLION DOLLAR severance package.

Every minimum wage worker knows you don't get severence if you quit your job. This asshole is getting two years salary from the Prime Minister in hush money. This is now a precedent that will allow all sorts of undeserving former government employees to go back to their past employers and demand money for severence.

Tim Baker pointed me towards something we all can do to point out this stupidity, and point out to the Prime Minister we know he's paying hush money.

Click this link. It's corny, but I'm doing it. Mail him some gum. It's postage free.

David Dingwall Severance Fund
C/O Paul Martin, Prime Minister
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

Jerry Pournelle!

"Bush, I suspect, is looking for a known quantity, someone who can be trusted not to "grow" once on the bench. The temptation to "grow in stature" (ie become a flaming liberal) is high: after all, an AJOTSC is at the top of the judicial tree; there's nowhere to go..." Monday, October 10th, 2005

I just discovered One half of one of my favorite writing teams has been blogging since 1998! My first exposure to Jerry Pournelle's work was in the 1970s with "The Mote in God's Eye" and "Inferno" which he co-wrote with Larry Niven. His military SF (Falkenbergs Legion, Go Tell the Spartans, The Prince) predates and compares very favourably with other writers I enjoy, like David Drake and more recently, John Ringo). Jerry Pournelle's blog, The View from Chaos Manor, has been published for years in BYTE and reminds me at first blush of Robert Heinlein's "Rumbles from the grave."

Monday, October 10, 2005

Gawd! Enough about rights already!

I have my own business, investments, a family, and I'm a productive member of society. I am proud of my family's history, part of which came to Canada in the 1600's and set about right away helping to build a new nation on the banks of the St. Lawrence. The other part walked here over the Asian land bridge and has been in this land most likely since before the last ice age. Bearing in mind my aboriginal heritage, it's telling that I felt it necessary to start this post with the affirmation that I am a productive member of society.

I haven't commented previously in this blog about aboriginal issues; not about injustice, nor the widespread drug and alcohol abuse, rampant fetal alcohol syndrome, the family violence problems, nor the unemployment problems on the reserves and metis settlements. Aside from a few incidents in the past, I haven't seen much of these problems first hand. I don't live in an aboriginal community. My Parents do. And when we visit them, some of the stories we hear make it seem as if those problems I listed don't seem to be going away.

This is despite the Feds pouring over 9 Billion dollars into the Dept. of Indian affairs last year. (Thanks Tim, I wasn't sure where to look that one up) That's almost as much as the Defense budget ($13 Billion). 9 Billion dollars ought to buy a lot, But the people who seemed to benefit the most appear to be civil servants!

As a taxpayer I'm getting pretty damn sick of the way certain 1st Nations special interest groups are demanding the Federal government give them more money. More so those who promulgate to all who can hear them that their claim on the public purse is damn near a law of nature and should not be questioned. On August 4th Assembly of First Nations Chief Phil Fontaine told CBC's 'as it happens' that only 40 BILLION DOLLARS would be needed to 'give them closure.' This was in connection with their their August launch of 4 class action lawsuits against the Federal government for the residential schools thing and other historical 'wrongs'. Canada's mid stream media virtually ignored the story, and those outlets that carried it only mentioned one of the class actions, and part of the money demands. Last week, the Corus Radio Network's talkshow host Dave Rutherford hosted Jason Goodstricker, a Regional Chief for the "Assembly of First Nations." Rutherford, one of those rare conservative-minded media guys, was asking for some guesses about how much money did Goodstricker or the AFN thought it would take to solve the first nations worse problems.

Now I usually change the station when one of these Professional-Indians ( job title: Indian ) starts telling us how the 'white man' (they actually mean all taxpayers, not just caucasians ) owes them so much money, (Public-service unions affect me the same way). They don't have solutions to offer outside of (little boy voice, english accent) "Please sir, may I have some more?"

A century of indifference capped by 30 years of frantic liberal guilt money has created a multi-generational welfare dependancy that has ruined a people. The best thing for the First Nations people (not the organization) would be if Canada actually lived up to Trudeau's damned charter of rights (and abuses)that states all Canadians are equal. If it was up to me, I'd wean them from their special status, and tell 'em they got the same franchise everyone else has. I'm not arguing for assimilation, I'm arguing against perpetuating welfare dependancy. Besides, we've too many soft-headed fuzzy bunnies running the country to allow this victim group to assimilate into society. I mean, then what would all those poor displaced civil servants do?

At one time the first nations people were hunter-gatherers, but they've now had at least four or more generations to catch up with western civilization. Have they? What kind of pathetic losers still need special status to cope after all this time? I'll tell you. A people that have been taught by the welfare state to be pathetic.

I wish I was the King.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Lets Help Justice Gomery, Shall we?

I was perusing TABaker's blog, (some damn fine ideas there too) and found he'd posted a link on his Edmonton Blog page that every one of us should follow up. One of my biggest resentments of the Canadian system is the absolute indifference the Governing Liberals and their Federal Government have towards non-liberals outside of the Toronto-Ottawa-Quebec triangle. Tim has a link for us to tell Justice John Gomery what recommendations he should be making in the wake of the multi-million dollar Liberal Party embezzlement program known as the 'Sponsorship Scandal'.
Here it is:

As we all know, former Prime Minister Jean Chretien gave Justice Gomery a mandate to find out what happened, but NOT to point fingers and lay blame for the fraud, embezzelment, and outright theft of tax dollars. (Things that make you go: hmmmm...) How do you report what happened without saying who dun nit?
Yesterday the Liberal Party's current crimelord, Mr. Paul ("I'll fix the democratic deficit") Martin, has just rigged the political calendar so that any potential election won't be fought in the immediate aftermath of Gomery's emasculated report.
We have to flood Gomery with demands that his recommendations will give us retributio- er, I mean, Justice!

Both the timing and circumstances of Justice Gomery's reports appear to have been manipulated to minimize political damage to the governing Liberal Party in the wake of yet another corruption scandal. Justice Gomery's recommendations should include vigorous Criminal Prosecution of the individuals and organizations involved, and HARSH penalties like full reparations and tons of JAIL TIME for the same. This is not to include the current typical Liberal Government penalty of firing a scapegoat and then appointing them to an Ambassadorship or seat in the Senate.

Well, I've taken advantage of this offer for lil' ol' everyday Canadians to provide some input into Justice John Gomery 's report. So should you.

correction: Tim has told me that blogroll Edmonton isn't his, it was organized by Dino over at BPoC.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Bill of Rights - Common Sense

My buddy Bill "Catfish" Byrom sent me this, attributing it to State Representative Mitchell Aye from GA. I can't find Aye listed on the current congressional website, but it's still worth reading:

"We the sensible people of the United States, in an attempt to help everyone get along, restore some semblance of justice, avoid more riots, keep our
nation safe, promote positive behavior, and secure the blessings of debt-free liberty to ourselves and our great-great-great-grandchildren, hereby try one more time to ordain and establish some common sense guidelines for the terminally whiny, guilt ridden, delusional, and other liberal bed-wetters. We hold these truths to be self evident: that a whole lot of people are confused by the Bill of Rights and are so dim they require a Bill of NON-Rights."

ARTICLE I: You do not have the right to a new car, big screen TV, or any other form of wealth. More power to you if you can legally acquire them, but no one is guaranteeing anything.

ARTICLE II: You do not have the right to never be offended. This country is based on freedom, and that means freedom for everyone -- not just you! You may leave the room, turn the channel, express a different opinion, etc.; but the world is full of idiots, and probably always will be.

ARTICLE III: You do not have the right to be free from harm. If you stick a screwdriver in your eye, learn to be more careful, do not expect the tool manufacturer to make you and all your relatives independently wealthy.

ARTICLE IV: You do not have the right to free food and housing. Americans are the most charitable people to be found, and will gladly help anyone in need, but we are quickly growing weary of subsidizing generation after generation of professional couch potatoes who achieve nothing more than the creation of another generation of professional couch potatoes. (This one is my pet peeve...get an education and go to work....don't expect everyone else to take care of you!)

ARTICLE V: You do not have the right to free health care. That would be nice, but from the looks of public housing, we're just not interested in public health

ARTICLE VI: You do not have the right to physically harm other people. If you kidnap, rape, intentionally maim, or kill someone, don't be surprised if the rest of us want to see you fry in the electric chair.

ARTICLE VII: You do not have the right to the possessions of others. If you rob, cheat, or coerce away the goods or services of other citizens, don't be
surprised if the rest of us get together and lock you away in a place where you still won't have the right to a big screen color TV or a life of leisure.

ARTICLE VIII: You do not have the right to a job. All of us sure want you to have a job, and will gladly help you along in hard times, but we expect you to
take advantage of the opportunities of education and vocational training laid before you to make yourself useful. (AMEN!)

ARTICLE IX: You do not have the right to happiness. Being an American means that you have the right to PURSUE happiness, which by the way, is a lot easier if you are unencumbered by an over abundance of idiotic laws created by those of you who were confused by the Bill of Rights.

ARTICLE X: This is an English speaking country. We don't care where you are from, English is our language. Learn it or go back to wherever you came
from! (lastly....)

ARTICLE XI: You do not have the right to change our country's history or heritage. This country was founded on the belief in one true God. And yet, you
are given the freedom to believe in any religion, any faith, or no faith at all; with no fear of persecution. The phrase IN GOD WE TRUST is part of our
heritage and history, and if you are uncomfortable with it, TOUGH!!!!

Monday, September 26, 2005

Some Chapters from the Best Golf book ever...

Ch.1 How to Properly line up your 4th Putt.
Ch.4 How to Hit a Nike from the Rough When you Hit a Titleist from the Tee.
Ch.7 How to Avoid the Water When you Lie 8 in a Bunker.
Ch.13 Why Your Spouse doesn't Care That You Birdied the 5th.
Ch.15 How to Relax when You re Hitting 3 off the Tee.
Ch.24 God, and the Meaning of the Birdie-to-Bogey three Putt.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

What is this bug?

Got away for the labour day weekend, and took the family to our favourite camping spot on Lesser Slave Lake, 130 miles North of Edmonton. This Lake has the best beaches within a thousand miles. I won't bore anyone with pictures of our camping, but we found this on the picnic table.

What the heck is it?

I emailed an entymologist, Answer: a Pseudoscorpion. A type of spider I didn't know even existed until this trip.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Wistful thinking

Friday's Pibgorn made me bust a gut. I don't think I would ever condone actually shooting useless politicians, if we were successful it would wipe out the species. Aside from the damage to the ecology when you cause an extinction, there are still a few politicians I think are worth saving...

Nevertheless, When you have serving politicos more concerned with obstruction and perversion of the nation's business for political gain cartoonists like Brooke McEldowney really give me a warm feeling...

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Can you hear me now? (reprint)

Thanks Roger, for posting it first. I really like what Sondra K had to say too.

History proves appeasement doesn't work. We're never never never never going to 'NICE' the bad guys into peaceful co-existence.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

comment spam

Got my first comment spam today. Is there any way to find these people and deal with them?

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Zoom all the way in...

While I was away, Google introduced something neat to it's GoogleMaps service. In honor of the July 20th anniversary of the first lunar landing they've gone and given us Google Moon. Try it out.

Friday, August 05, 2005

firefox popups

This is so damn good I have to repeat it here. Hate popups? Didja switch to Firefox because it blocks them? Notice it doesn't always work, anymore? Those nasty bastards who make popups found a way to get around firefox's blocking by using a flash plugin. Pete Blevin has the answer... (found it at Roger's)

  1. Type about:config into the Firefox location bar.
  2. Right-click on the page and select New and then Integer.
  3. Name it privacy.popups.disable_from_plugins
  4. Set the value to 2.

The possible values are:

  • 0: Allow all popups from plugins.
  • 1: Allow popups, but limit them to dom.popup_maximum.
  • 2: Block popups from plugins.
  • 3: Block popups from plugins, even on whitelisted sites.

hmmm. I've found a site where the popups still appear. Oh well. Zonealarm Pro still blocks them all.

Back from holidays, What's been happening?

I’m just back from holidays, and I’ve been scanning the last month’s news. What the hell has been going on? The IRA swears off violence? Wow. There’s one for the ‘Holy shit!’ category.

On the other side of the ledger however, the old insanity continues. In England terrorists blow up a number of bombs in the London transit system, and in North America the NYPD begins random searches of subway rider’s backpacks in reaction. So naturally the damned ACLU-types launch a court challenge of those searches.


On Lars Larson’s nationally syndicated radio talk show today, one ACLU-symp actually tried suggesting random searches for terrorists would be ok so long as police can’t prosecute if they find evidence of OTHER criminal activity.

The NYPD is looking to protect the public from terrorist subway bombers, and the New York Civil Liberties people are looking to protect… who? Just who the hell is their constituency anyway? Lets think about this for a moment. Who have they protected in the past? Oh yes, child pornographers, drug dealers, and pro jihad terrorist sympathizers in the education system...

Based on their history, I think the ACLU could be declared a terrorist criminal organization.

Enough said, eh?

In other news… Oh, in Israel yesterday Palestinian terrorists bravely killed or injured a number of Palestinian children. The terrorists were actually firing rockets at an Israelis Protest. I think the death of anyone’s child is tragic. Given the historical Palestinian propensity for dressing their children in semtex and sending them out to suicide bomb public places I’m sure those idiots with the rockets only regret those kids wasted deaths. Hopefully they manage to rocket themselves next time.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

My job takes me across many rural miles in the north and east parts of Alberta. A few years ago, I was very surprised to find a slowly disintegrating DC-3, aground beside a quiet rural highway about 30 miles NE of Edmonton. I hadn't been this way in quite some while, but this was the first time I had my camera.

This old DC3 isn't in very good shape. Much is missing, but it gave me a neat feelling to be near it. Manufactured sometime between the mid 1930s and the late 1940s, this old girl must have been to many places carrying many things. I took about 40 higher res pictures, 2048X1536 pixels in size. Email me if you want some. Click on the footer at the bottom of the page for my email.

The old bird was right next to this place. Coyote Antiques in Chipman, Alberta.

Control cables, under the cockpit floor.

That's a blue sky. It sucks to be grounded.

From some angles she looks like she's ready to hump some more cargo into the air...

looking in, through the port cargo door. The first time I came out here the fuselage was jammed full of parts. Wing components, parts of the empennage, etc...

Standing in the tail, looking forward, you can see the where the front windows of the cockpit were. That's an aileron on the floor.