Tuesday, February 28, 2006

GETHUMAN - Wow, what a great idea!


Do you hate automated telephone systems like I do? I have an absolute HATE for companies that insulate their people from their customers with these automated time-wasting hell-inspired menu systems. Nothing pisses me off more than to wait through a four or five minute recitation of menu choices to learn that office hours are now over, and I should call back tomorrow.

Like yesterday.

For most of the past 16 years I've had to supply my own laptop computer for my work in the field. That's okay, I didn't mind. It meant I could buy (and write-off) the computer of my choice, and have the features I wanted. If it broke, I could call the vender's tech support right up to midnight (or later.)
But for the last 3 years, I have had to use a company-subsidized IBM laptop. In exchange for this low-bid unit I have to put up with their paranoid company-installed spyware and lamo security measures. God forbid the thing bung up while I'm in the field.
An hour after the 8-4 company tech support crowd at our East-Coast Home office all went home at the end of their union-mandated banker's- hours workday, My computer locked me out of my login identity while I was with a client. Yes, I do know my password.
You'd think a fortune 1000 company would have tech support people available during the hours their sales force was working in the field and might need assistance? Nooooo.

It's noon the next day over there, and the bastards, I mean, boffins, still haven't returned my call.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Speak up NOW, or be counted among the goats...

Pretty soon the day will arrive when we in the West will have to stop calling a Spade a card, and admit a Spade is a Spade. Sometimes you DO have to state the obvious. I was having coffee Tuesday with my buddy Pinto, and he said something regarding this whole Muslim Outrage thing.
He said, "I'm sick and tired of hearing that we should be more understanding and sensitive to the so-called peaceful practitioners of Islam; how 'they' insist it's just the radicals who making all of Islam look bad. Well, Why the Hell aren't the So-called MODERATES denouncing them?"

Right on Man. Is it too much to hope the talking heads will realize the so-called moderates have been damn near completely and bloody silent over their fellow-believers crimes? If the so-called moderates won't denounce them, why?

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Muslim Intolerance #2

Update to earlier post: Although the Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten fired their editor in a desparate appeasment attempt, other European Newspapers are REPRINTING the cartoons in protest of the Muslim attempt to limit free speech!

Muslim Intolerance

Chris Muir hits the nail squarely on head in his comic today, highlighting middle-eastern hypocrisy. Muslims are promoting a boycott of all things Danish, after a the Newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, printed 12 cartoon charicatures of Mohammed. One toon showed the prophet with a turban made from a bomb. Although there's supposed to be a Koranic ban on graven images of the prophet, iconic and other images of Mohammed are reportedly available from street vendors in Iran. Those images can be seen: here, on Zombietime.

Yes, it and other of the images were disrepectful of a major world religion, and stuff like that diminishes us all. If this stuff upsets you however, remember that many of these cartoonist's protests are attacking the so-called followers of Islam, who pervert it for their own vile purposes and don't mind stooping to intimidation and violence. The newspaper in question ran the images as part of an experiment after a local author couldn't find any illustrators brave enough to illustrate his book about Islam - every one he'd approached was too fearful for their safety.

Mid-stream media is largely ignoring this story so far, but support for the Danes is growing. Michelle Malkin comments in Jewish review, " Despite how relatively tame the pictures actually are (compared not only to Western standards, but also to the vicious, anti-Semitic propaganda regularly churned out by Arab cartoonists), the drawings have literally inflamed the radical Muslim world and its apologists." Michelle Malkin, Cox & Forkum, Little Green Footballs, have all weighed in squarely on the side of the Danes.

Bill Clinton is publicly supporting the Muslims, which is a good enough endorsement to sway me to the Danes. Ol slick willy said the 'toons were 'appalling." Don't wait for him to criticise the Muslim press for their anti-jewish propaganda.

I like how Jack Rich summed this whole issue up in 2003, I wrote it down and Here it is for you all too: Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness:
"The conflict between the West and Islam will be over when it is just as safe and easy to open a synagogue in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as it is now to open a mosque in Dearborn, Michigan. ...Don't hold your breath"

Wednesday, February 01, 2006


Two scumbags stalked a likely-looking young lady (intended-victim) to carjack and/or abduct yesterday morning. So what could go wrong? (thx Lawrence Simon)
Turns out she was an off-duty police officer. When the carjackers shoved a gun in her face and ordered her to move over, she shot them both!

Scumbag #One was pronounced dead at the scene. (hell of an obituary, eh?) Unfortunately for society Scumbag #2 might live.

[ Of course ] the news story doesn't mention how the officer is doing. Hope she's okay.

(graphic from SondraK's)