My handy pocket Constitution from The Heritage Foundation says something a little different. Should we all request a bushel or two or a thousand be sent to the Denton, Texas school system?
I can’t stop laughing.
September 12, 2013 at 7:12 pm (General Geekery)
This is exciting news!
Thirty-six years after it was launched from Earth on a tour of the outer planets, the plutonium-powered probe is more than 11 ½ billion miles from the sun, cruising through the vast, cold emptiness between the stars, the space agency said.
Voyager 1 actually arrived there more than a year ago, according to NASA. But it’s not as if there’s a dotted boundary line out there or a signpost, and it was not until recently that the space agency had the evidence to convince it of what an outside research team had claimed last month: that the spacecraft had finally plowed through the hot plasma bubble surrounding the planets and escaped the sun’s influence.
CNN has some interesting graphics, if you can stand the talking heads.
Tell Spock hello for me, will ya?
September 11, 2013 at 7:46 am (Never Forget)
This day always exposes the dark hole in all of us that believe in America.
Gerard always says what I’m thinking so well…
What the nation has become, through death by fire, bravado, war, forgetfulness, treason, and blunt stupidity could not have been foretold on September 10, but here we are — a lurching ship of state captained by a malicious hater of the American soil. That same captain, maddened by his own stunted heritage, will today disgrace the soil of Ground Zero. It is a difficult reality that has been dealt by the hands of fate; one that is still being played out.
Despite the sadness, and the blustery misdirection of politicos and media hounds, remember those who died this day at the hands of terrorist Islamists that our government now secretly embraces.
Georgia lost four sons that day:
August 29, 2013 at 6:47 am (Hope and Sadness)
As you read this, I’m taking Hubby to hospital for two days worth of heart monitoring, medication and another zap session.
Pray for him, and us.
August 28, 2013 at 4:58 pm (History Doesn't Lie - You Just Don't Understand It, Libtards, Stop Obama)
Robert Fisk at the Independent (you can count on the over-the-pond media to report on issues the US media refuses to touch – look, kittens!) says what we know deep inside our red-blooded American hearts:
If Barack Obama decides to attack the Syrian regime, he has ensured – for the very first time in history – that the United States will be on the same side as al-Qa’ida.
Quite an alliance! Was it not the Three Musketeers who shouted “All for one and one for all” each time they sought combat? This really should be the new battle cry if – or when – the statesmen of the Western world go to war against Bashar al-Assad.
The men who destroyed so many thousands on 9/11 will then be fighting alongside the very nation whose innocents they so cruelly murdered almost exactly 12 years ago. Quite an achievement for Obama, Cameron, Hollande and the rest of the miniature warlords.
I have a very bad feeling about the next few days…
Via Insty, who also wonders, “WHAT GOOD IS SPYING ON EVERYONE’S EMAILS IF YOU’RE TOO DUMB TO RESPOND TO WHAT YOU READ?”
In the wake of the Fort Hood attacks, the exchanges between [Anwar al-] Awlaki and [Nidal] Hasan—who was convicted of murder on Friday—were the subject of intense speculation. But the public was given little information about these messages. While officials claimed that they were “fairly benign,” the FBI blocked then-Sen. Joseph Lieberman’s efforts to make them public as part of a two-year congressional investigation into Fort Hood. The military judge in the Hasan case also barred the prosecutor from presenting them, saying they would cause “unfair prejudice” and “undue delay.”
As it turns out, the FBI quietly released the emails in an unclassified report on the shooting, which was produced by an investigative commission headed by former FBI director William H. Webster last year. And, far from being “benign,” they offer a chilling glimpse into the psyche of an Islamic radical. The report also shows how badly the FBI bungled its Hasan investigation and suggests that the Army psychiatrist’s deadly rampage could have been prevented.
Read the whole thing. Our country is being run by morons.
The WashPo is hyperventilating over Ted Cruz.
Evidently, he’s hit a nerve. Good boy.
August 19, 2013 at 8:33 am (Golf, Just cuz I'm IT doesn't mean I know how to fix YOUR PC, Just for Fun)
CMR M at Ace quips (so truly)
Man, you could cross out Egypt and put in a whole range of words and this picture would still work.
Then the code monkey side of my brain fired right up and said – You could put a drop-down box right there and insert an infinite list of Obamaflubs.
Let’s start a list!
From the Augusta Chronicle:
[...] HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $67 million in grants to 105 groups across the country to help serve as navigators for consumers under the act, also known as “Obamacare.” The groups would provide outreach and education about new options for insurance under the law and provide in-person support to those who need help enrolling, Sebelius said.
In Georgia, that will be done under two groups – the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences and Cooperative Extension Service and the Structured Employment Economic Development Corp., also known as Seedco.
[...] Everyone working as a navigator must complete 20 hours of training that include an emphasis on data security and privacy laws, and then pass a test to get certified initially, said Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, the deputy director of policy and regulation at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight at HHS.
In Georgia, however, a recently imposed law requires 35 hours of training and a criminal-background check, among other provisions, in order for navigators to be certified by the state. Zeldin said the additional hours of training would need to be completed by state Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens’ office and would need to be outlined soon.
UPDATE: It gets better. The navigators and any assisting staff won’t have to submit to a background check or even be fingerprinted. (End UPDATE)
Navigator… navigator… where… hmmm… it niggles my memory. Something about… darkness… and mist. Merlin? No… spice, maybe?
Oh, I remember now. (below the fold) Read the rest of this entry »
August 16, 2013 at 6:07 am (Faith, History Doesn't Lie - You Just Don't Understand It, Jedi Musings, Never Forget)
Calling all Bible scholars. Is the current meltdown in Egypt fulfillment of prophesy?
Besides viciously turning on themselves, the
murderous Muslim horde Religion of Peace in Egypt have burned down scores of Christian churches and homes.
Remember this is the Long War of light against darkness.
The West’s war with Islam, a jihad begun and fought against us as a religious obligation, didn’t begin on September 11th, 2001, nor even in 1979, when Khomeini took over Iran. It’s been fought off and on for over 1,400 years, and now is in an active phase. The genius and determination of Leo III in desperate battle bought Western Europe the time it needed until it could stand on its own.
Read the whole thing. We need another clever leader, like Byzantine Emperor Leo III, now more than ever.
August 13, 2013 at 5:58 pm (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
Unfracking believable. The Liar in Chief appoints his lackey Intel Chief Liar to investigate the NSA Liars.
Read it for yourself.
The President sent Clapper to mislead Congress, and just appointed him to lead the investigation into th very topic on which he misled them. If there was ever a time to stop being deferential to the President on matters of classification, we have arrived at it now.
In other news, a Texas Congressman told a hometown crowd last week that the House has enough votes to impeach Obama, if they choose to do so.
My question is “What are you waiting for?????”
As if Obama’s drones peering through your drapes don’t give you the heebie-geebies, this should scare the cornflakes out of you.
Mr. O’Connor, 27, bought some plastic boxes and stuffed them with a $25, credit-card size Raspberry Pi Model A computer and a few over-the-counter sensors, including Wi-Fi adapters. He connected each of those boxes to a command and control system, and he built a data visualization system to monitor what the sensors picked up: all the wireless traffic emitted by every nearby wireless device, including smartphones.
Each box cost $57. He produced 10 of them, and then he turned them on – to spy on himself. He could pick up the Web sites he browsed when he connected to a public Wi-Fi – say at a cafe – and he scooped up the unique identifier connected to his phone and iPad. Gobs of information traveled over the Internet in the clear, meaning they were entirely unencrypted and simple to scoop up.
Even when he didn’t connect to a Wi-Fi network, his sensors could track his location through Wi-Fi “pings.” His iPhone pinged the iMessage server to check for new messages. When he logged on to an unsecured Wi-Fi, it revealed what operating system he was using on what kind of device, and whether he was using Dropbox or went on a dating site or browsed for shoes on an e-commerce site. One site might leak his e-mail address, another his photo.
“Actually it’s not hard,” he concluded. “It’s terrifyingly easy.”
Two encrypted email services shut down within 24 hours to avoid imperial entanglements.
Lavabit was created in 2004, in response to the Patriot Act, says [Ladar] Levison. He and friends from Southern Methodist University decided to create an email service by geeks for geeks. Levison was concerned that the FBI could send a company a national security letter (NSL) that would force them to turn over information about a customer without going through a court first. “I wanted to put myself in the position of not having information to turn over,” he said. “I didn’t want to be put in the position of compromising people’s privacy without due process.”
Levison isn’t an privacy absolutist. He has cooperated in the past with government investigations. He says he’s received “two dozen” requests over the last ten years, and in cases where he had information, he would turn over what he had. Sometimes he had nothing; messages deleted from his service are deleted permanently.
“I’m not trying to protect people from law enforcement,” he said. “If information is unencrypted and law enforcement has a court order, I hand it over.”
In this case, it is the government’s method that bothers him. “The methods being used to conduct those investigations should not be secret,” he said.
Wonder how long it will be before some history-steeped entrepreneur resurrects the Pony Express?
You know what they say about Karma. And now Caryn McBride, former editor of Journal News gets it.
Journal News came under heavy criticism after their 2012 decision to publish the names and addresses of all gun owners, but no repercussions ever occurred. Now the Times reports that McBride had called the Clarkstown Police Department to notify them of complaints and angry phone calls after the newspaper published the map.
Though the editor felt threatened by the complaints, police didn’t believe there was enough to warrant an arrest and/or police protection. Many responded to the newspaper’s actions by publishing their own, “Where are the Journal News employees in your neighborhood?” This prompted the staff to hire armed security guards.
Quite a load of hypocrites in our book. How is it fair to hire armed security guards for yourself (under no credible threats) but gun owners can’t protect themselves with firearms in their own home. Looks like after a long period we finally have some closure to this terrible act by Journal News. Hopefully these media contributors have learned a lesson about respecting privacy and the Second Amendment.
Get off my lawn.
After suffering under a barrage of badgering, I’m back. Like I said in an earlier post, I’m busy. Or at least working hard at looking like I’m busy.
The current state of affairs at Le Praxium:
1. After a mission trip to Wyoming, the eldest has packed up and returned to fer parts North. Her second year of Grad School starts in two weeks.
2. The least’un returns to his school next weekend. There’s also a political event in his college town, so I hope to dump and run, then eat some BBQ, listen to speeches, talk to some grown-ups, and eat more BBQ.
3. For the hundredth time, we can’t put the house up for sale until it’s cleaned out. During the last month or so, there has been valiant progress, but we’re still not there yet. Remember, 20 years in one place is a long time!
During the last two months, I’ve driven to Albany, NY, when they were having their heat spell, then flew home. It was cooler in Atlanta.
Hubs and I/me and Hubs (help! Joy! Which is correct now?) attended the RedState Gathering in New Orleans. It was a great time away to rest and recharge the political batteries. And eat beignets.
The gastric unhappiness has abated somewhat, due to my general avoidance of wheat. Except when it is made into beignets. After all, exceptions can and must be made.
Politics is still politics and the country is still heading down the toilet. But more on that later.
June 21, 2013 at 11:43 am (America 101)
(I take no credit here. The entire work is P.J.’s. However, there will be a quiz, and if you’re not informed, you won’t be happy with the outcome.)
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How to Explain Conservatism to Your Squishy Liberal Friends: Individualism ‘R’ Us by P.J. O’Rourke
The individual is the wellspring of conservatism. The purpose of conservative politics is to defend the liberty of the individual and – lest individualism run riot – insist upon individual responsibility.
The great religions (and conservatives are known for approving of God) teach salvation as an individual matter. There are no group discounts in the Ten Commandments, Christ was not a committee, and Allah does not welcome believers into Paradise saying, “You weren’t much good yourself, but you were standing near some good people.” That we are individuals – unique, disparate and willful – is something we understand instinctively from an early age. No child ever wrote to Santa: “Bring me – and a bunch of kids I’ve never met – a pony, and we’ll share.”
Virtue is famously lonely. Also vice, as anyone can testify who ever told his mother, “All the other guys were doing it.” We experience pleasure separately; Ethan Hawke may go out on any number of wild dates, but I’m able to sleep through them. And, although we may be sorry for people who suffer, we only “feel their pain” when we’re full of baloney and running for office.