Category Archive:General

I have been trying to figure out how I want to change the rack to save power and reduce complexity.  Given i am switching away from ETC Maryland i do not need the massive amount of computing power i have sitting upstairs.  It just hit me..:)  My FreeNAS machine has the capability to hold everything not only from my local home use but also as the backup target for my webservers.  I will need to upgrade the amount of storage..but that will be cheaper on the front end than replacing everything.  My power draw savings will not be as good(still should be around 50%).  it will take a few months to transition things over.  What happens to the current r410 and r610?  I wll prepare to move them to the datacenter where they will become my primary webserver(R610) and my in datacenter bckup target(R410..fter an upgrade).

As i transition away from https://etc-md.com to https://emmanuelhosting.com I wanted to preserve the posts over the eyars from ETC Maryland.  I am going to pull the posts from ETC over to this site….it wil take a whle to clean them all up…but i did not want my decade of work to simply vanish..:)  Now i will post things here but as a personal hobby not as my primary business.  Emmanuel hosting is where hosting related stuff will go from now on…it’s going to take a few months at leasxt to get things moved over…:)

The Saudis want to threaten us with price hikes. I hope they do try it..we can easily make up the difference as we have plenty of reserves…especially with ANWAR now open…but the Brakken oil field is not being touched much either…all we would have to do is cut off all of the exporting of energy we are doing..keep it all in country..and the Saudis will not bother us much at all.

Karl Denniger’s take is on his site.  I will reproduce it here as his posts sometimes disappear:

Heh KSA And All Salafists: **** YOU

In my opinion we’re well past the point where we should be putting up with the jackasses in the Middle East waving their oil wells around like giant penises that are theirs to use to **** anyone up the ass they wish.

Without a market for said oil Mr. Crown Prince will be riding a camel.  Should the US decide it’s had enough of KSAs bull**** and give the Saudis 24 hours to move all American-sold arms to a safe place before we will blow them up wherever they are the so-called “great Saudi military power” will turn into a ball of Saharan sand.We should have told the Saudis to go **** themselves and leveled a full embargo on them after 9/11.  After all the vast majority of the hijackers were Saudi nationals — that’s not supposition or rumor, it’s fact.  Then there’s the fact that the evil ********** Bush (then President) let several flights leave full of Saudis after 9/11 when our airspace was locked down.  Who were they and why?  We’ve never had that disclosed and we have a right to know.

It is a fact that Saudi Arabia has spread its Salafist bull**** through the Middle East and we’ve not only tolerated it we’ve called them “friends.”  Well, with friends that kill 3,000 of your citizens may I ask who the hell is supposed to be our enemy?

If, as it appears, they murdered a journalist because he said things the Crown Prince didn’t like then I suppose said Crown Prince has declared that if you don’t like what someone says you can murder them.  Those aren’t my standards, they are theirs.

Well now, perhaps a bounty is in order, since murder is now considered acceptable to the Saudi Crown.

The King (and his crown princes) must live under his own law or there is no law at all.  If it’s acceptable for Saudi’s Crown Prince to order up murders then it’s also acceptable for others to order up his murder.

Since no nation can call itself civilized if it subscribes to that crap the solution is obvious: They’re not civilized and thus they have no right to expect any sort of trade at all, nor any ability to travel here, nor to own anything in or made by this nation — including our funds, Treasuries and land.

Yes, we should be able to prove it first, of course.  Then again maybe the standard of proof could be similar to that the Saudis employ when it comes to how they view gays.

In fact I think using their standards ought to suit them just fine — right?

However, just to make sure they know we’re serious, let’s pass NOPEC right ****ing now After all 15 USC Chapter 1 is the law in our land, and just like KSA thinks they can have their laws no matter the consequences, even if it means their “monarchy” can murder people, well, that sauce works on the goose as well — so let’s cook theirs right now.

While my current server setup is great for business use it really doesn’t have enough space for a hardcore cord-cutting setup.  I will require more than the 4 terabytes I have available on my storage server right now.  25% of that is for business backups..the rest is for my new personal experiment.

Plex media server is all the rage but I stumbled across something that integrates Plex AND several other programs into a Linux virtual machine.  I decided i wanted to run this VM directly off my storage server and then have it be a target for Hyper-V to use the storage server as only storage…the main server will handle the ram and the cpu processing(my server has 12 physical cores and 12 more virtual cores) so ram and cpu are not going to be a problem.  The issue was using the storage server disk array as if it was local storage.  Considering I have a 10 gig fiber connection between the main and storage servers bandwidth is not a problem.  I have a few choices, SMB(EWWW), NFS(possibly), and ISCSI.  I really know little about the latter two so off to research and learn I went..:)

If you want to read the details of my current network setup head here.    After my preliminary research was done I decided on ISCSI and Windows and NFS really do not talk as reliably together as ISCSI does.  FreeNAS made ISCSI setup a cakewalk…so did server 2012 R2.  Within 10 minutes I had them connected over the 10G fiber connection that already existed.  This also solved my backup to a remote location(aka i have the 610 now backing up to the 310 over ISCSI as if it was a local disk without having to “lie” to windows).  The performance is astonishing.  I have the FreeNAS box now doing nearly 2 gigabit per second sustained writes over the 10gig connection from the 610.  This is getting geeky to the extreme..i’ll post a full write-up on etc-md.com….but I digress.

 

I was blessed with a loyal wife who honored the wedding vows we both took literally…until the day she died.  The newly signed tax law takes a further dig at men.  However since men are now being drained of all of their livelihood by the legal system this latest dig now has the “let’s drain them dry” crowd concerned.  why?

One of the changes in the new tax law involves the tax status of alimony. Previously the payor (men) could deduct the money they pay in alimony, and the payee (women) would have it taxed as income. Starting with divorces commenced after Dec 31 2018, alimony payments will be treated like child support payments have been. Men won’t be able to deduct the amount they pay from their income, and women won’t have to pay taxes on alimony received.

Now folks may be thinking this is a good thing…except that men financially are being drained dry through divorce and the subsequent alimony awards.  It has long been established that the legal system is highly slanted against men.  The defenders of this are not bothering to hide it now that their fleecing of men is almost universal.  This latest award however brings with it significant risks:

You would expect that the pro divorce lobby (nearly everyone) would be cheering this enhancement to the cash and prizes we offer as a reward to women who don’t honor their wedding vows.  However, the problem is ex husbands are already being bled white.  It has gotten so bad that the parasite is now expressing concern for the host.  All of the articles I could find on the subject object to the changes, not because they object to soaking men for women’s benefit, but because the change is seen as potentially hurting women.

There are many linked articles in the following linked post.  I would read them as well.  When the “parasites” are now concerned for their “hosts” you know the problem has reached a crescendo..at least in their eyes.  As usual though, by the time the “parasites” are raising alarms it is too late.  Men are checking out of even the though of getting married at an even quicker rate.  Many are checking out of relationships with women altogether and even more are finding ways to not be in individual private contact with women.  What is interesting is the course men are taking is actually very close to the Biblical standard for how men and women should interact.  it will be interesting to see how this latest turn of events plays out.

I decided to go from software dynamic disks raid on the VM mirror to direct hardware raid. This was relatively painless. I exported the Hyper-V VM’s to the backup server (which took about an hour at a gigabit)..deleted both disks from storage spaces…then using the web interface logged into the raid controller and created the mirror on the controller. Since I have the rebuild on low priority (and the fact these are only 1 TB 7200 RPM disks) I then recreated the volume in storage spaces, grabbed the now single drive and formatted it NTFS and imported the VM’s back to the drive. I am only getting about 50MB/s in sequential reads and writes right now due to the rebuild of the mirror on the controller. That is all I need for now. The rebuild should be done in a couple of more hours.

I wanted to get my 10-gig connection between my primary server and my backup server working again without needing to buy an expensive (and potentially noisy) 10 gigabit switch. I found out that direct fiber connections will work without the need for an interposing switch…:) I ran a fiber connection directly between the fiber nics of the two servers, manually set IP addresses outside of my current internal range (I am using 10.0.0.1 and 10.0.0.2) and fired things up. They both came up chatting nicely. I then told FreeNAS to have SMB talk only on the fiber nic but I left the web interface on the internal network so I can manage FreeNAS via the web interface. Right now, I have seen maximum transfer rates at 5 Gbps. I have manually launched a backup and we will see what the more random I/O patterns of a backup max out at. I should see an average of 1.5 Gbps with a max at 2-4 Gbps once the backup process hits the data mirror. If i do not see at least 1.5 Gbps I’ll start replacing the last 4 HDD’s(disks 2-5) with equivalent capacity SSD’s then I should REALLY see an improvement.

Now my backup strategy has at least two layers both protected against ransomware and corruption:
Layer 1 is the backup from my primary server to the FreeNAS machine. I use the built in Windows Server Backup to send all local backups to the FreeNAS machine. This backup is done once per day. FreeNAS runs the ZFS filesystem which protects against corruption via the scrubbing function (which detects bitrot and file corruptions). If a file gets deleted from the main server or if I should get hit with ransomware here, I can first head to the FreeNAS machine. If the ransomware got into a backup I can use the snapshot function to back off however far I need to, and then use that image to restore any files that are lost or deleted. If for some reason that fails I have my second option.

Option two is my crashplan offsite backup. All files on the vm mirror and the data mirror are sent to the crashplan site every night. A different version is saved for each day and the daily versions are not deleted. The amount of storage available is unlimited. If something REALLY bad happens that destroys the house crashplan is my Disaster Recovery fallback. I have already had to recover a client’s system from ransomware using a similar system so this type of versioning, encrypted, cloud backup has proven its value to me. For $10/month this is cheap insurance.

Future goals: With the latest release of FreeNAS 11.1 a FreeNAS machine now can access BackBlaze B2. This is similar to crashplan but you pay as you go…the more online storage you use the more you pay. This is similar to amazon S3 but Backblaze is half the cost of S3. I have not had a chance to leverage yet but I intend to test it using my FreeNAS machine. If this works out (and has the security features I want and once i get my upgraded fiber connection installed) I may FINALLY be able to resume my secured storage research. I hit a major wall that i was not able to overcome financially due to the massive storage investments that would be required and also due to a security concern I had using earlier FreeNAS replication technology.

The unemployment rate of 4.x percent is an outright lie.  BIG excerpt from the economic collapse blog:

 

This is exactly what we have been expecting to happen.  On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the U.S. economy only added 38,000 jobs in May.  This was way below the 158,000 jobs that analysts were projecting, and it is also way below what is needed just to keep up with population growth.  In addition, the number of jobs created in April was revised down by 37,000 and the number of jobs created in March was revised down by 22,000.  This was the worst jobs report in almost six years, and the consensus on Wall Street is that it was an unmitigated disaster.

The funny thing is that the Obama administration says that the unemployment rate actually went down last month.  Almost every month since Obama has been in the White House, large numbers of Americans that have been unemployed for a very long time are shifted from the “unemployment” category to the “not in the labor force” category.  This has resulted in a steadily falling “unemployment rate” even though the percentage of the population that is actually working has not changed very much at all since the depths of the last recession.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics claims that the number of Americans “not in the labor force” increased by 664,000 from April to May.  If you believe that, I have a giant bridge on the west coast that I would like to sell you.  The labor force participation rate is now down to 62.6, and it is hovering just above a 38 year low.

When you add the number of working age Americans that are “officially unemployed” (7.4 million) to the number of working age Americans that are considered to be “not in the labor force” (an all-time record high of 94.7 million), you get a grand total of 102.1 million working age Americans that do not have a job right now.

This is not a game.

So far in 2016, three members of my own extended family have lost their jobs.

According to Challenger, Gray & Christmas, layoffs at major firms are running 24 percent higher up to this point in 2016 than they were during the same time period in 2015.

It was only a matter of time before those layoffs started showing up in the official employment numbers, and I fully expect that this trend will accelerate in the months ahead.

And here are some other brand new numbers for you to consider…

-Since Barack Obama entered the White House, 14,179,000 Americans have “left the labor force” according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

-The quality of our jobs continues to deteriorate.  In May, 59,000 full-time jobs were lost, but 118,000 part-time jobs were gained.

-Since September 2014, 207,000 mining jobs have been lost.

-We just learned that U.S. factory orders have declined once again.  This marks the 18th month in a row that this has taken place, and we have never seen such an extended decline outside of a major recession.

-JPMorgan’s “recession indicators” have just soared to the highest level that we have seen since the last recession.

 

Karl Denninger at the market-ticker blog says:

The unemployment rate declined by 0.3 percentage point to 4.7 percent in May, and nonfarm payroll employment changed little (+38,000), the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment increased in health care. Mining continued to lose jobs, and employment in information decreased due to a strike.

Uh huh.

Not seasonally adjusted (that is, before book-cooking for political purposes and attempting to bludgeon The Fed) out of the household survey) the figures are a different matter.

Employed in the household survey went from 151,075 (thousands) to 151,594an increase of 519,000.

Oh, and the employment:population ratio went up by two ticks to 59.9%!

So you expect me to believe that the economy created basically zero jobs when the household survey says it was over 500,000 and the employment:population rate went up two full ticks?

I’ll tell you what is terrible though.  Part time for economic reason workers were up sharply, 467,000, nearly back to levels from a year ago and reversing a lot of progress.  Meanwhile the number of part-time workers who were intentionally working part-time went down by 572,000.  Hmmmm…..

The workweek remained stable at 34.4 (gee, Obamacare anyone?) as did overtime hours while average hourly earnings ticked up five cents.

But I’m supposed to believe that headline number.

Riiiiight.

Send the guy with the handcuffs over to the Bureau of Lies and Scams please.

PS: Bite me Cramer.

 

Obama and by extension obamacare have been disastrous for this country.  It is only going to get worse unless things are resolved quickly AND correctly.

Take a look at what Karl Denniger has on his site.  I can only grab the text so hit the link..:)

 

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+151k…..

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 151,000 in January, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 4.9 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains occurred in several industries, led by retail trade, food services and drinking places, health care, and manufacturing. Employment declined in private educational services, transportation and warehousing, and mining.

 

Well, that’s not very interesting…. let’s look at the big chart that matters (employment:population ratio):

And yet the mainslime lying media is quoting the participation rate from the adjusted numbers and claiming that it improved.  It did not; it was down 4 ticks to 59.0.

Now to be fair, last year, same month, it was also down four ticks.  It’s called “seasonal firing” in January, and it happens every year.  This year the household numbers say that while the population went up about 461,000 people the number of people actually employed went down by 666,000.

Yes, you read that right — negative 666,000.

Oh, and the unadjusted unemployment rate was up from 4.8% last month to 5.3% — a huge jump.

Who got screwed the worst?  Women and teens; teens saw their unemployment rate fly higher by 2.3% (!) from 14.2 -> 16.5%.

But, this is expected in January as seasonal employees are fired.

There’s another problem here in the data though….. that’s found here:

What? There were 2.99 million jobs reported lost in the establishment survey with over 2 million of those in services.  In other words the “gain” was due to “seasonal adjustment” and it was utterly monstrous; if reported on the establishment survey without same it would have been a ruinously bad print.

Is there any good news in here?  Yes; average weekly hours is up a tenth to 34.6, all in services — in goods-producing jobs the workweek was down a tenth.  And hourly wages were up materially (12 cents/hour), after being flat last month.  I suspect most of this was minimum-wage increase laws that took effect in January although the dispersion was pretty even, which would not be expected if that was the cause (you’d expect most of it in hospitality, for example.)

As they say….. interesting….

 

 

Why?  Immigration as defined in the constitution is one thing solely handled by the federal gov’t.  This means the states really do not have a choice in the matter unless they want to secede…which they won’t do.  karl denniger sums it up nicely as follows:

Rick Scott was on this morning going on about his “letter” to the Federal Government, in which other governors have sent as well.  This sort of milk toast crap accomplishes exactly nothing.

Here’s the law: Immigration is a federal matter.  The States cannot be compelled to act but they are barred by interfering.  To do so would be to effectively secede which is an effective threat only if you intend to actually do it, and that means backing up your words with acts, which nobody has the balls for (and incidentally, I’m not convinced there’s any real support for it either.)

These “letters” serve exactly one purpose: Political cover for when, not if, a so-called ‘refugee’ is a terrorist and decides to start shooting up or blowing up things here.

The only answer to this problem comes from the federal side (which won’t happen because neither Congress or Obama will do a damn thing) or a mass movement by the American public.

Make no mistake folks, you either stand up now or you’ll get shot or blown up.  ISIS isn’t going away; the group is a creation of our funding and both malfeasance and misfeasance by the west.  Our coddling of people who intend to commit mass-murder and are willing to play the long game to do it will be our destruction if we don’t cut it out.

Consider this: We bring these so-called “refugees” into the country and then pay them to live.  This means they can sit at home and **** like rabbits, and we will fund that.  So guess what they’ll do?  Exactly that; producing three, four, five, six or more kids.

Remember that the reason Washington is doing this (along with Europe) is that the cost of having and raising kids has gotten so out of hand that citizens are refusing to do so.  That cost is not just economic; it’s also social in that we’ve destroyed the ability of half the population (men) to be reasonably certain they can participate in that creation and raising of their own progeny.  This drop in the birth rate by people willing and able to work means that the tax base is threatened especially when you are counting on exponential growth to pay for all the political promises you made.

But there’s a problem with importing “refugees” to “fix” this demographic disaster: Those people have no intention of funding the pension and medical promises made to our citizens nor will they assimilate into our culture.  What they will do is take all the handouts we will give them, making as many children as we’re willing to pay them to create, and indoctrinate them with their culture.  They will work in the underground economy which not only fails to contribute to the tax base but worse, tends to intersect with criminal elements that we’d rather not stoke (like, for example, running guns to drug lords.)

Germany is on-course to be majority Muslim immigrant and child-of-immigrant within fifty years.  So is most of the rest of Europe if they don’t cut this crap out.  We’re behind them, but not by much.

It is our social welfare policy that makes this sort of invasion possible and it is foisted on the people in the name of “compassion”; this looks exactly nothing like the sort of positive and functional immigration that this nation was built through.

Your ancestors probably came through Ellis Island but none of them had access to any sort of “social safety net” that paid them to produce children and funded their every life need and want.  We did that over the last fifty years and what we got for it is an explosion of Mexicans living off everyone else and now a bunch of so-called “refugees” that are nearly all fighting-age men.

 Understand this folks: These policies are nothing more than an attempt by the worms in Washington DC to get out of the corner they painted themselves into through granting medical monopolies and then promising to cover the ever-ratcheting higher costs that those monopolies shove down the throats of our citizens.

That’s what’s behind both the intentional tolerance of illegal immigration and now the importation of hundreds of thousands of so-called “refugees.”  The problem is that these people have zero intention of providing the funds necessary to make those promises good and they cannot be compelled to do so; instead, they will take the welfare we hand to them and live off it, cranking out more and more children that will be raised to live like them, sucking off the government teat and increasing cost rather than revenue.  Worse, those children will be citizens, at least in the US and once they gain majority status there goes our Constitutional Republic.

I’m sure you think this is alarmist nonsense, but you only need to listen to what’s spoken at a “La Raza” rally to hear it with your own ears.  Those folks have no intention of being Americans; their intent is to take America.  Likewise, these “refugees” have no intention to assimilate and be Americans; they intend to take from America and, when their numbers are sufficient, to take America.

Our policy on immigration is literally suicidal; no nation can take in people who have no intention of becoming one with that nation but instead come with the intention of exploiting their welfare systems and overrunning the country and its government.

That’s what’s going on here folks — these people are not stupid, but those in Washington (and in the halls of Europe) are.  They believe these “immigrants” and “refugees” will assimilate into their cultures and that their welfare handouts are “temporary assistance.”  They, and we, are wrong.  Those handouts are simply taken as a means of supporting the production of as many children as these “refugees” are able to produce and yet both these immigrants and their children utterly refuse to becomeFrench, German or American — at best they hyphenate their claimed nationality and at worst they don’t even bother with doing that.

https://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=230905

This is from Philly.com not exactly a conservative bastion with some startling revelations:

 

Since at least 1950, all but two public mass shootings in America have taken place where general citizens are banned from carrying guns. In Europe, there have been no exceptions. Every mass public shooting has occurred in a gun-free zone. And Europe is no stranger to mass shootings. It has been host to three of the six worst K-12 school shootings and by far the worst mass public shooting perpetrated by a single individual.

Still, Kelly said, “There’s no indication from other — from another study that any shooter intentionally went to a gun-free zone.”

Kelly might be surprised to learn that killers have frequently talked about their desire to attack where guns are banned. The suspect in the Charleston, S.C., shootings in June originally aimed to attack the College of Charleston. He chose a church instead because the college had armed guards.

The diary of the Batman movie theater killer, James Holmes, was finally released just a few months ago. He decided against attacking an airport because of the “substantial security.” Out of seven theaters showing the Batman movie premiere within 20 minutes of the suspect’s apartment in 2012, only one banned permitted concealed handguns. That’s the one he attacked.

Or take a couple of cases from last year. Elliot Rodger, who fatally shot three people in Santa Barbara, Calif., explained his reasoning in his 141-page “manifesto.” He ruled out various targets because he worried that someone with a gun would cut short his killing spree. Justin Bourque shot to death three people in Canada. His Facebook page made fun of gun bans, with pictures of defenseless victims explaining to killers that guns are prohibited.

Americans seem to understand these points. A June Rasmussen Reports survey found that 68 percent feel safer in neighborhoods where guns are allowed, while just 22 percent would feel less safe. A Gallup poll last December found by a whopping 63 to 30 percent margin that Americans thought guns in their homes made them safer.

If you don’t think deterrence works, ask yourself if you would post a sign in front of your home saying it is a “gun-free zone.” It’s very likely that such signs aren’t going to be going up in any neighborhoods soon.
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/thinktank/Would-be-killers-target-gun-free-zones.html

I have been called bigoted because of my support for this.  They have one fundamental flaw.  it would be bigoted of me to discriminate black folks.  They cannot change the fact they are black.  As far as the LGBT(add whatever letters they want after this) goes if you listen to them talk and watch what they write this is referred to as a lifestyle…this means by it’s own definition it is a choice to live this way.  If i do not want to service somebody due to my religious beliefs(this right is protected by the First Amendment) I can.  I can actually relate to what Karl Denninger says below because when i first start my business i had somebody ask me to design a website for them worshiping vampires and satan.  i declined.  Today that would probably get me brought up on charges which i would fight based on my 1st amendment rights.  Folks not wanting to server cakes and stuff for homosexuals or ny other reason shouldn’t have to either.

As Karl Denninger also explains:

With Arkansas passing a RFRA bill (which the governor has now said needs “clarifications”) essentially identical to the Federal and Indiana laws I’m going to challenge you to think and then act against those who are arguing that this is a matter of “anti-discrimination” — that is, these bills intend to enable acts that should be prohibited.

I fully understand and in the general sense agree with the view that discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, sexual orientation and similar is wrong.

However, all rights are in fact negative things — that is, they do not include the ability to impose on other people but rather to prevent being imposed upon.

You have the right to freedom of speech, including utterly disgusting speech, but you do not have the right to force someone to listen to your speech.  If I turn my back and walk away, you cannot force me to listen.  I do not have to buy your megaphone for you, pay your printing bill, or pay for your internet service to broadcast your message.  In addition if your speech imminently and concretely causes harm (e.g. yelling “fire” in a crowded theater when there is no fire, and as a result harm occurs) you can and should be held accountable for the harm.

Rights are not things laws grant; they exist by virtue of your humanity.  Laws (and governments generally) can only respect or disrespect rights; they cannot create them as government never had that power in the first place and you cannot grant that which you do not possess.

So let’s look at the RFRA laws and why they’re necessary — and proper.

The Federal RFRA was passed in response to employer, State and Federal government action taken against native american tribe members who use peyote in their religious ceremonies.  Despite the fact that they used said substance as an inherently ceremonial act both private employers and governments tried to ban them from the workplace and, in some cases, threatened to imprison them for exercising their religion.

Note carefully that a large part of the problem was private employers effectively enjoining someone from exercising their freedom of religion while not at work.  Because drug tests detect not the psychoactive ingredient itself but rather metabolic byproducts these tests acted as a means of barring participation in a religious ceremony that had no bearing on work performance or safety.

The RFRA did not “grant” any new rights; those rights already existed but were being ignored.  It merely reinforced the First Amendment and should have never had to be passed.  It was necessary, however, due to what was being imposed on these people, and it put a stop to those practices — despite the screaming from the loony right (at the time) about their “drug abuse.”

What the RFRA said was this:

  • A government policy that infringes on religious freedom must be to address a compelling interest.  That is, there must be a genuine compelling public policy matter under consideration that does real harm to real people if infringement of religious freedom is to be result

    AND

  • The remedy via the law that addresses the compelling interest must be through the least-restrictive means available.

This standard is known as “strict scrutiny” in legislative jargon and it is inherently the only proper standard where any right is involved.

Over the intervening years states have passed laws that severely infringe on religious freedom in a number of ways.  As part of and following the Civil Rights Act various laws were passed that, among other things, rendered discrimination in public accommodation unlawful.  These laws certainly survive a strict scrutiny test as (1) being able to obtain a room to sleep in or something to eat when you’re on the road irrespective of your race, color, creed or similar is a rational public policy matter (and the lack thereof is likely to do real harm to real people) and (2) the only rational remedy is the prohibition of that conduct.

But let us take a look at this sort of law and apply it to, for example, a sculptor.  Let’s posit for a moment that this sculptor is a deeply-convicted Christian who believes that he is not to make any sort of graven image and if he does, he will go to Hell when he dies.

Now let’s further posit that you come to him as an adherent of the Church of Satan and wish to commission him to create for you a statute of Baal.

These laws those lunatics on the left champion would force him to create said work of art despite the fact that he fundamentally believes doing so would cause him to be irretrievably damned to Hell — or go to prison now.

This sort of crap is why the RFRA was necessary and why these state laws are necessary.

The chef sets his menu and ingredients at his restaurant.  You have no right to demand that he not use, for example, bacon fat as his cooking oil.  Yet if you’re Muslim or Jewish such an ingredient in your food is utterly barred from you as a matter of religious law — period.  While the restaurant does provide a public accommodation (that is, test #1 passes) strict scrutiny does not permit you to demand that he change the oil the chef uses for his cooking.  He is required to serve anyone who is willing to pay the asking price for his dish, but you can’t dictate the ingredients.

Next up is the rooming house.  Let’s presume you have a religious requirement that your bed face East.  The hotel is built in such a fashion that the beds all face North.  You cannotdemand that the hotelier allow you to move the bed.  He must allow you to rent the room but he is not required to allow you to dictate to him how it is configured.

The RFRA is necessary because both of these instances are entirely within what the loony left screamers contemplate trying to force upon proprietors!

Note, however, that while the hotelier and chef have artistry as a component of their offering it is not individually tailored to the customer.  That is, the individual delivery of the good or service is of a utilitarian character; the artistry is in the design and not the individual rendering for each buyer.

Now let’s look at the cake baker, florist and photographer as points on a line where artistry becomes the essence of the transaction — with each being further along it.

This is a radically different situation.  Each cake is different; the ingredients that go into a cake may be close to the same but the assembly and decorating of each cake is individualized for each customer.

Each floral arrangement is different.  Each customer’s order is quite different from the last; while all are flowers the specific types and how they’re arranged is going to differ from one customer to the next.

For the photographer the very essence of their work is artistry; each individual shot is different!  From selection of the camera and lens to the ISO, F/stop, shutter speed, composition and lighting each is individually selected for each press of the shutter button.  And then, in the modern world, there’s even more artistry after the fact as the post-processing (by computer) is often as involved (if not more so!) than the capture of the image itself.

These sellers of services and goods approach, more-or-less in order, that of the sculptor.  Further, there is no public accommodation argument available for any of them: You can buy a cake and as many flowers as you’d like at WalMart and they don’t give a good damn why you want either.  Anyone can wield a camera and press a shutter button and at most weddings dozens do exactly that (even if they’re cellphone cameras.)

The value of the ingredients in said cake is a few dollars; the price is hundreds or thousands, and virtually all of it reflects artistic value, not utility.  The same is true, but even more so, of the florist and photographer.

RFRA laws reinforce the right of those people to exercise their religious freedom by refusing to participate in acts that violate their religious convictions.  When you demand that such an artist work for you even though it offends their religious beliefs you are in effect commanding a sculptor who is a deeply-convicted Christian to make you that statute of Baal so you can practice your religion, in this case Satanism!

What RFRA underlines and reinforces is that in order for you to make such a demand and enforce it you must show that the there is a compelling state interest in forcing the production of that statute (or those pictures) by that individual (in other words you are substantially prevented from obtaining that good or service as a whole) and further, that forcing that singular provider to do so is the least intrusive means of you getting a statute or those images, flowers or cake.

The problem is that neither test succeeds — you not only have no compelling state interest (you have a selection of many places to get flowers, cakes and pictures and none of those are in any way necessary) but in addition since you can buy a camera for a small amount of money and anyone can take pictures there is no argument to be made that demanding said photographer take them is the least-intrusive remedy for what you are complaining about.

The Federal RFRA law was signed by Bill Clinton and passed by overwhelming margins in both the House and Senate.  The State versions have become necessary because of the lunatic lefty screamfest that has in fact caused small business people to be attacked for refusing to practice their art in a way that directly violates their religious beliefs.

To those on the lunatic left who want to threaten economic boycotts, please be aware that this sword has two edges and I think it’s time for the rest of us to figure out who you are, identify you, and boycott you in return.  

And indeed I’m going to start, by myself, as a boycott of one aimed directly at all of you who infest places such as Seattle and Californicated.  I urge the rest of you to join me.

I bet there are more of us than there are of you.

If you have an ecoboost engine i would reconsider the “induction service’ many folks are doing on their vehicles.  I might reconsider this for any GDI engine.  Unfortunately in gasoline engine tend to have carbon issues on the intake valves.

New Warning To All Ford Ecoboost Owners! – YouTube.

According to the National Review Hotline, Kathrina Tugadi owner of Seattle’s El Norte Lounge, no longer hires musicians for her restaurant, she said she can’t justify expenses that don’t directly “add to the bottom line.” And, she says, hours will have to be cut: El Norte Lounge plans to stop serving lunch and only serve dinner.“I am concerned about my business and others in the community, but it isn’t just about any one business. It’s about how the entire economic community,” she said. El Norte may be unable to remain open once the ordinance is fully in effect, she said. Even Pagliacci Pizza, a Seattle-area pizza chain, is moving its call center and some of its production facilities outside the city. That’s a lot of job loss, a lot of new people with a new wage of ZERO.Socialist Council-member Kshama Sawant was the main proponent of the $15 ordinance. She and her supporters denied that the policy change would hurt businesses in the city. In one interview, Sawant said there need be “no unintended consequences.”

via SEATTLE’S MINIMUM WAGE CRASH: $15 to ZERO! Profits Tumble!.

Above and beyond my faith in the Lord I’ve come up with something that defines my forward vision:

 

“I will succeed”

 

I have a little limerick in my head I’ll update it as i add to it

 

I Will Succeed

 

I will succeed

no matter who stands in my way

regardless of who wishes my failure

I don’t care about how others think of me

I will succeed.

 

I will have those that mock me

I will have those who deride me

I will have those who try to oppose me.

I will succeed

 

I have been questioned as to my motives.

I have been questioned as to my integrity

I have been questioned as to my sanity

With the Lord at my Side

I Will Succeed.

Excerpts From Lupe fiasco’s Battle Scars:

Hope the wound heals but it never does

That’s cause you at war with loveYou at war with love, yeah

I saw this last night as i was heading to bed..jimmy fallon had Lupe on and i loved this song.  Sometimes as i think about my life the scars of past events in my life get to be a weighty thing to behold as the biggest scars are those caused by trusted folks are loved ones.  Those scars are often the ugliest, deepest  and most jagged.   I’ve been thinking about this song and my own scars…. it does bring back painful memories including one that’s fresh caused by someone i trusted.  However behind that painful scar is one that has finally been closed..as much as it’s going to be..:)  I’ve forgiven this person but trust me i won’t ever forget..:)

Then just leave thenYou shouldn’t have but you said itAnd I hope you never come backIt shouldn’t have happened but you let itNow you’re down on the ground screaming medicThe only thing that comes is the post-traumatic stresses

Lupe mentions the post-traumatic stresses…man don’t we all carry some?  Some of our own doing..some not..some there’s no way we could be the cause yet we get them anyway.  This song has also opened my eyes in other areas about despair.  What an insidious emotion this is.  I can remember a time when i felt that.  It’s the darkest, sneakiest emotion i can think of…others may disagree though on this point.

These battle scars, don’t look like they’re fading

Don’t look like they’re ever going away

They ain’t ever gonna changeThese battle scars, don’t look like they’re fading

Don’t look like they’re ever going awayThey ain’t ever gonna change

What can you do in this regard?  I like songs that help…or sometimes force me to loo inwards.  the experience may not be pleasant but it is always informative and a learning experience.  i honestly think the Lord put this song into my lap because it’s draw is otherwise inexplicable..:)  I’m not looking to feel hurt..i’m not into self-infliction of discomfort or pain.  there’s so much we oftentimes don’t see due to our own self-imposed disbelief…the Lord has showed me something though very interesting.   Don’t stop trusting just because somebody trusted or is a member of a trusted group.  Be more cautious in your trust but don’t shut all trust down.  Easy to type and difficult to implement properly.  Nobody’s perfect….I’ll make mistakes.  The trick is to not be afraid to make them…. just make sure you have Jesus to guide you..and if you fall He’ll carry you..:)

 

Lupe Fiasco & Guy Sebastian – Battle Scars [Official Music Video] – YouTube.

Since FB required https(which means i have to pay somebody $$4 to say I am who I ma on the web i found a workaround..:)  Now i can freely post on both this blog and my eccmd.com blog and know they will both post properly on my FB timeline..:)

We have far too many other deadly agents we use every day.  The theater shootings are terrible yes..but we have many more even deadly devices inside our homes every day.

Read the article linked in the following page then read the feedback as i debate the author.  After that listen to the the insane society linked podcast episode at the bottom on the page.

https://www.facebook.com/rweldon2/posts/388383477884303

 

Our Insane Society 07/23 by TickerGuy | Blog Talk Radio.

We’ve grown weary of Comcast’s fare hikes and transfer limits.  We are definitely cutting residential cable and internet and going business class.  We slow down form 16/2 to 12/2 but the upshot is we have no transfer caps and we get a higher priority on our node.  We’ll take those odds plus a 3 year price freeze via a contract.

THE BATTLE OF CHERNOBYL dramatically chronicles the series of harrowing efforts to stop the nuclear chain reaction and prevent a second explosion, to “liquidate” the radioactivity, and to seal off the ruined reactor under a mammoth “sarcophagus.” These nerve-racking events are recounted through newly available films, videos and photos taken in and around the plant, computer animation, and interviews with participants and eyewitnesses, many of whom were exposed to radiation, including government and military leaders, scientists, workers, journalists, doctors, and Pripyat refugees.

via Best Chernobyl Documentary 2006 The Battle of Chernobyl (HQ) 1hr 32min 1 clip – YouTube.

In May of this year.  It turns out our current pricing is a promotion.  When it ends cable alone is 80/month and that’s jsut basic digital.  Internet is another 65 bucks.  We can get another 1 year promotion on the cable and get it knocked down to 50/month but internet promo is only 6 months and then it stays up at 65 bucks a month.  So we can basically extend things for 6 months then blamo.  Ain’t happenin.  I am going business class.  I take 65/month and have unlimited downloads.  Right now we have been living with Comcast’s 250 gigs downloading limit.  With business class we get 65/month for 3 years locked in and no bandwidth limit.  We’ll keep netflix but instead of limiting ourselves we’ll just light it up.  Once we buy a new tv we’ll use the tons of internet apps they have these days to grab 95% of everything we watch anyway at least whatever apps we can’t find for the wii.  Yes there is a way to watch football without having cable tv..:)

We are joining the cord cutters as we are called..:)

After reading the s-1 myself and upon reading other analysis i ahve to agree with Karl on this one.  This is simply so the insiders can “monetize” their holding…aka line their pockiets with investors money.  They did not go public until AFTER they peaked..which is noted by Facebook in it’s own S-1.  There’s other things to be concerned about which Karl details below.

 

Further, upon reading the S-1:

The company identifies no particular need for the capital; it has cash.  This strongly implies that the only reason to IPO is for the insiders to monetize their position.  Why, if its rapidly growing in value and there is no meaningful risk to that value vaporizing and nobody knows better than top management if this is the case! would the company do this now?

All of the direct payments revenue are for the purchase of “virtual goods” e.g. things on Farmville; there is no actual hard good or service delivered in exchange for money.  Thats not shopping, its pretty close to burning money.  How long will that furnace keep operating?

I dont buy the ad revenue model.  This is not Google and it does not have to very intrusive into your experience before people leave.  If they leave, Facebook is dead. Advertising is 85% of their revenue.  When have you become aware of — or purchased something — based on a Facebook ad?  My answer: Never

.Facebook is a fad.  Myspace anyone?  Sure, theres apps and all this other stuff, but at the end of the day…. its a fad.  Tastes change, often quickly.

The primary means of creating value for advertising and marketing purposes is through mining the data.  But thats in direct conflict with peoples desire to not have their data taken and used for this sort of purpose.  The balance between making money off what people share with their “friends” and stepping over the intrusiveness line to the point that people feel exploited is a fine one, and not necessarily known in advance.  The execution risk here is very high and the company and its image is less open about this fact than it is about what looks like a warmed-over version of the “Hackers ethic.”  Eeeeehhhhhh…..

The mobile environment currently has no advertising.  The PC-based environment, since the latest changes Facebook made to the layout, is in my opinion hideously slow and nearly unusable — and I have both a ridiculously fast Internet connection and an 8-way multiprocessor computer.  For people with less how responsive is it if I find the performance annoyingly bad?

There is a disclosure in the S-1 that they are using leasing facilities that are not on the books.  I strongly dislike all off-balance-sheet activity of any sort.

This is not a company that will actually be publicly owned and it will pay no dividend.  Zuckerberg will retain full control of the board and all corporate matters as he will have a majority position even if all the other shareholders vote against him.  Since the company also intends at present to pay no dividend you are buying on one thing and one thing only — the premise that in the future some greater fool will pay more for the shares you buy in the IPO.

via Market-Ticker – MarketTicker Forums.

As per my sad day post I have to do something to rebuld my box. After quite a bit of research i’ve come up with a few things:

1. I am not a huge gamer anymore. HIghly intensive, video card sapping games are not what i focus on.
2. Multiple threads are a must still…but i need to do them faster.
3. Power is quickly becoming a concern due to rising costs.
4. Windows 7 leverages the GPU more than i figured. I also do quite a few things that require more GPU performance than my hd3200 onboard GPU is really able to handle.

I decided to head back to AMD…only for the gpu. I am going specifically with the 6770. It gives me a significant bump in GPU performance over my 4830 AND draws 25% less power. The Nvidia equivalent draws about as much as my old card. i’ll take a hit on tessalation and of course physx(which Doug really loves..i agree it’s neat too.) but considering the power savings and the performance advantage i get elsewhere it is a tradeoff i have to take.

The cpu in an Intel core I3 sandy bridge. I’m going to get a dual core 3.3 ghz with HT that at full bore is going to draw 75W. My current cpu is a quad core 2.3 ghz that draws 95w at max load. I’m going to save significant power there.

I’ll take a 5w hit on the ram..but the cpu power savings alone more than makes up for that.

I’m gping to carry over my current hdd/dvd burner.
The case is going to be a shuttle case of some kind so everything else is contained there.
I’m going to be able to keep this build just a hair under $500…:)

My computer has been acting up for a couple of weeks.  Tonight it just went poofies altogether.  I managed to nail it down to my video card…:(  Luckily my motherboard has onbaord gaphics and can drive two monitors..jsut no more gaming for accelerated internet vids(them quad cores goin to get a workout now).  Once i replace the vid, then my monitor(i’m on a spare one), my keybaord and mouse and speakers, plus upgrading psu to handle the new stuff..i’m at a new system.  That’s what i am going to do.  It’ll take a few months jsut to get started.  I’ll build it piece by piece.

 

This next statement is for my good friend Erik:

Tell Doug I am hearkening his advice.  The new vid is going to be nvidia something..i just have not made up my mind yet.  CPU is going to be Intel something..:)

Amazing Mimic Octopus vs Mantis Shrimp Battle – YouTube.

 

 

 

 

OWS is bringing out the iron fist of American Gov’t….

 

 

I AM NOT MOVING – Short Film – Occupy Wall Street – YouTube.

Right from their website.

 

Apple – Remembering Steve Jobs.

Sprint’s On An Anti-Consumer Tear – As Company Prepares for iPhone, LTE Build | DSLReports.com, ISP Information.

If i friend you on facebook it is NOT a statement of any kind about friendship outside of FB.  In fact the friend term shouldn’t be used on FB.  Conversely if i “defreind” you on fb it is not a statement about friendship or lack thereof  in the real world either.

Mark Bezos: A life lesson from a volunteer firefighter | Video on TED.com.

Courtesy of Pie.

 

Random Thoughts (open to everyone) | Page 15 | Gods Frozen Chosen.

The Control of Nature: Atchafalaya : The New Yorker.

Parents, don’t dress your girls like tramps – CNN.com.

watch this video.  This is jsut incredible.

 

Tuscaloosa twister ‘absolutely shocking’ – In the Arena – CNN.com Blogs.

My wife just got done baking some pumpkin bread muffins.  She was totally silent on getting the muffins out of the oven.  No sooner had my wife pulled one of them out here comes Chloe wanting “bread”.  Heather looks at me, shakes her head and says, ” Never fails”.  It was funny to see.

So they increased taxes and “cut” services while spending 10 million more in the next budget.  Souds to me they did not do a whole lot in reductions.

 

Cuts to personnel and services were combined with projected increases in income tax revenue to balance the budget, which is $10 million larger than this year’s. The county laid off 106 employees, reorganized several divisions and cut or downgraded a total of 175 positions, which reduced the county workforce by 7 percent.

via Public can speak on Frederick County’s $448 million 2012 budget – The Frederick News-Post Online.

NEW EPISODES OF DISCOVERY CHANNEL’s MYTHBUSTERS RETURN APRIL 6 AT 9PM ET/PT : Discovery Press Web.

Game Winning Homerun Turns Tragic – Inspiring Display of Sportsmanship.

Final bit of tips before lunch and my amateur technicians license. Will post in a few hours with the results

Amber alert issued for two local children

Thursday – 3/24/2011,  10:26pm  ET

WASHINGTON – An Amber Alert has been issued for two local children.

Two-year-old Robert Anthony Anderson III and 10-month-old Tiara Imani Anderson were abducted by their father, Robert Anthony Anderson, Jr. Thursday.

Anderson, Jr. is described between 5 feet, 8 inches and 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weight 155 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.

The father and children were last seen in a four-door Lincoln with Virginia tags XFP-2636.

Police say Anderson, Jr. is possibly armed and wearing a bulletproof vest.

(Copyright 2011 by WTOP. All rights reserved.)

Most Marylanders are aware of the hands-free driving law that went into effect October 1, but many motorists are not aware of another law that also went into effect that same day. According to a Maryland State Police press release, the “move over” law requires drivers approaching an emergency vehicle with its lights on to change lanes to an adjacent lane away from the emergency vehicle, if possible. Drivers who are unable to change lanes due to traffic are instructed to slow down to a reasonable and prudent speed. The goal of the new law is to help increase safety for police, fire and emergency medical personnel working on Maryland’s roadsides.

via Want2Dish – People – Local Government (including services such as fire / ems / police) – Move Over – It’s the Law!.

So much for her “apology” (“I deeply regret my comments I made last week regarding the Israelis and the Palestinians,” the 89-year-old Thomas wrote on her website. “They do not reflect my heartfelt belief that peace will come to the Middle Eastonly when all parties recognize the need for mutual respect and tolerance. May that day come soon.”

Thomas continued apologizing in the Washington Post, telling its media critic, Howard Kurtz, in a Monday column: “I’m very sorry for my remarks. I think I crossed the line. I made a mistake.”) she she got canned from the White House press corps(and her journalism and speaking jobs too).  The below tell it all.

 

Helen Thomas is not sorry, nor were the comments that ended her career accidental.

“I knew exactly what I was doing – I was going for broke,” she told Playboy in the magazine’s April interview. “I had reached the point of no return. You finally get fed up … I finally wanted to speak the truth.”

Thomas, of course, left her perch as the dean of the White House press corps last year after telling a rabbi and blogger that Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine” and “go home” to “Poland, Germany and America and everywhere else.” Her family is Lebanese and she grew up in the Detroit area, home to one of the country’s densest populations of Arab Americans.

She spoke to Playboy at length about the situation in Palestine, her feelings on American support of Israel, and her take on Jews.

But her most controversial comments echoed ones she’s made before about the influence of Jews in American life, which have contributed to her name being stripped from journalism awards.

“[The Jews are] using their power, and they have power in every direction,” she told Playboy. “Power over the White House, power over Congress … Everybody is in the pocket of the Israeli lobbies, which are funded by wealthy supporters, including those from Hollywood. Same thing with the financial markets. There’s total control … It isn’t the 2 percent. It’s real power when you own the White House, when you own these other places in terms of your political persuasion. Of course they have power. [To the interviewer] You don’t deny that. You’re Jewish, aren’t you?”

She also had some controversial views about memorializing the Holocaust.

“There’s nothing wrong with remembering it, but why do we have to constantly remember?” she said. “We’re not at fault. I mean, if they’re going to put a Holocaust museum in every city in Germany, that’s fine with me. But we didn’t do this to the Jews. Why do we have to keep paying the price and why do they keep oppressing the Palestinians? Do the Jews ever look at themselves? Why are they always right? Because they have been oppressed throughout history, I know. And they have this persecution. That’s true, but they shouldn’t use that to dominate.”

via Helen Thomas to Playboy: Jews ‘own the White House’ – On Media – POLITICO.com.

The unfolding disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant follows decades of falsified safety reports, fatal accidents and underestimated earthquake risk in Japan’s atomic power industry.

The destruction caused by last week’s 9.0 earthquake and tsunami comes less than four years after a 6.8 quake shut the world’s biggest atomic plant, also run by Tokyo Electric Power Co. In 2002 and 2007, revelations the utility had faked repair records forced the resignation of the company’s chairman and president, and a three-week shutdown of all 17 of its reactors.

With almost no oil or gas reserves of its own, nuclear power has been a national priority for Japan since the end of World War II, a conflict the country fought partly to secure oil supplies. Japan has 54 operating nuclear reactors — more than any other country except the U.S. and France — to power its industries, pitting economic demands against safety concerns in the world’s most earthquake-prone country.

Nuclear engineers and academics who have worked in Japan’s atomic power industry spoke in interviews of a history of accidents, faked reports and inaction by a succession of Liberal Democratic Party governments that ran Japan for nearly all of the postwar period.

via Japan Nuclear Disaster Caps Decades of Faked Reports, Accidents – Bloomberg.

Apparently the CDN node i was on had an issue.  Right after i posted my previous complaint the video got disconnected with a “video is not available try again later”.  I waited a small bit and now things are working great.  Looking at my logs i most assuredly am on a different Akamai node..:)

LHA-6 America / LHX / LHA(R) – Ship List.

Reactor #4 was the subject of much hype yesterday.  There was a fire coincident in its initiation with the explosion at Reactor #3.  Immediately every conspiracy site on the Internet assumed that the cause was an uncontrollable and catastrophic fuel pool fire.  There is no evidence consistent with this theory.  Most-important is that radiation levels at that plant were measured at 100mSv, which is high but not immediately dangerous, 1/4 of the level around #2/#3, and emergency workers can tolerate an hour or so without acute effects.  The evidence is strong that this was an industrial (not nuclear) fire and more-importantly there were later reports that the fire is out.  Were the “worse-case” scenario occurring that fire could not be extinguished.  To the point at hand, were you to simply walk within 50 ft of an exposed, unshielded used fuel rod of this sort you would almost-certainly take a lethal radiation dose.

Any claim that such an event is occurring that does not include a report that radiation levels are off the charts at that plant  and well into the “immediate danger to life” zone should be taken with a huge grain of salt.  In fact, I’ll go further – any such claimed report without the requisite backstop of the reported radiation level to substantiate it is almost certainly the product of someone attempting to run an “anti-nuke” hard-left disinformation line and you should immediately and permanently discard everything they say from that point onward as being intentionally dishonest. This particular failure mode is one of the “nightmare” scenarios that a handful of scare-mongers have run for more than 20 years.  The potential is real but the facts are that as long as you can get water back into the pool via any means even if it boils off it’s not a disaster or even particularly troublesome.  The phase change from liquid water to steam requires enormous amounts of energy and dissipating that energy is good, not bad, since that’s exactly what you want to happen.  These are open pools and you can fill them with anything that provides water.  No pressure is required unlike a reactor vessel where you must pump in fresh water against the pressure inside.  So long as you can put in new water faster than it boils off there’s no emergency and these pools are huge – most are roughly the size of a basketball court in dimensions and 30-40′ deep, which means it takes a very long time for the water to boil off to the point that the fuel is exposed.  A fire engine that can pull from any convenient source (including the sea, which happens to be right there) is sufficient to refill the water level.

via Japan And Market Update 3/15 in [Market-Ticker].

The baby who was hours from being pulled off life support at his Canadian hospital has been rescued by the national director of Priests for Life and taken to the U.S. for treatment.Thirteen-month-old Joseph Maraachli, who is currently kept alive by a respirator and was recently denied a transfer to a Michigan hospital to undergo a tracheotomy, arrived in the U.S. early Monday morning with Fr. Frank Pavone and other Priests for Life staff.”Priests for Life staff toiled through the night for many nights, working in concert with dozens of people to make this possible,” Father Pavone said in a statement. “Now that we have won the battle against the medical bureaucracy in Canada, the real work of saving Baby Joseph can begin.”Maraachli was on his way to SSM Cardinal Glennon Childrens Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo., a non-profit health-care facility open to all children in need of medical care.The boy suffers from a rare, progressive neurological disease which, Canadian doctors say, has left him in a vegetative state beyond recovery. He has been at the Children’s Hospital in London, Ontario, since the fall.Priests for Life says it represents a family of ministries that “reach and enrich every aspect of the pro-life movement,” according to its website. The group has been strong advocates for the boys release and critical of his treatment in Canada.”The medical board overseeing his case is apparently convinced that giving proper care to Baby Joseph is futile,” the website reads. “They don’t mean that the medical care won’t help him. They mean his life in its current condition isn’t worth the trouble.”

via EXCLUSIVE: Baby Joseph Gets Second Chance at Life in U.S. – FoxNews.com.

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FOX News Live Stream.

Japan Earthquake News on USTREAM: ..

msnbc video: Massive quake strikes Japan.

I have really started to enjoy the Messianic Jewish musicians. Maybe it’s because since i’ve been to Israel even if for a couple of days it was an amazing experience. At the time I went I did not know the Lord at all…and had no idea the significance of my journey. NOw that I am getting to know the Lord I would love to go back and bring my family back to God’s chosen Land to experience just being there…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=494C4A0D6D4844F4[/youtube]

Had to do a server operating system upgrade. It’s completed now and went smoothly except for the time consumed..:)

At the request of a Facebook friend – We are asking everyone to say a prayer for the US “Darkhorse” 3rd Battalion 5th Marines and their families. They are fighting it out in Afghanistan and have lost 9 Marines in 4 days. IT WOULD BE NICE TO SEE IT ON EVERYONE’S PAGE…Even if its only for an hour, come on guys show your support! I am HONORED to re-post this! Thank you to ALL of “OUR” Service men and women.

NO further comments needed. …:)

As surely as the cherry blossoms will emerge after another cold, bleak Washington winter, so will the global warming muezzins resume calling us to prayer at their green altar. But now, thanks to National Geographic’s Charles Choi, we are reminded that if global warming actually occurred, any American president can not only end it but reverse it with the push of a button.

In a brilliant but little-noticed article, Mr. Choi reports that a small nuclear war — one that employed only 0.03 percent of the world’s nuclear arsenal — would result in reversing earth’s long-term warming trend and result in global cooling by 2.25 degrees, according to NASA computer models. It’s a wonder that Al Gore didn’t think of this a decade ago.

The NASA modelers apparently found that explosions of 100 Hiroshima-sized warheads would produce the desired effect by blasting so much dirt and dust into the atmosphere as to reduce the effect of the sun’s rays.

The model is based upon historical fact. The eruption of volcanoes, such as the 1991 Mount Pinatubo eruption in the Philippines, actually caused this effect but more briefly. And we don’t want to overdo it. The eruption of Indonesia’s Mount Tambora in 1815 caused widespread famine and unrest. In the NASA model, the one hundred warheads being set off would cool the tropics, Europe, Asia, and Alaska by about 5-7 degrees and parts of the polar regions would actually warm a little. The globe’s temperature would be cooled by about one degree Fahrenheit for a decade.

via The American Spectator : A Modest Proposal to Fix Global Warming.

As vile and hateful as the Westboro folks are….it is protected speech.  The fact that Alito would dissent is startling.  Even more telling is that a “conservative” author would even side with somebody wanting to start shredding even more of our Constitution than what has already been decimated is even more telling.

 

The American Spectator : Justice Alito Was Right.

Our bed broke more than 6 months ago. This past weekend we went to mattress wharehosue in Frederick and it was a highly unpleasant experience. The first salesman was kind enough until we wanted time to think about it..he then sent us to his closer who was scary looking and pushy. When we would not accept his terms he quickly literally showed us the door. It turns out that is the MO of that location. Tonight we went to dunkin donuts for dinner. We then hit the gas station to fill up the rental(ours is int he shop getting badly needed maintenance after 310k miles)…then to sleepy’s. After a prayer we went in. What a wonderful experience. The salesman there actually took the time to figure out our sleep issues and with the help of some impressive technology actually steered us to a bed we both liked instantly. I also made sure to get heather a tempurdic contour pillow. She was in bed heaven. I’m not going to detail the total expenditure in public but i can tell you we spent $300 less than we budgeted for. We spent nearly an hour at the crappy store. We were in and out with the bed bought in almost half that time tonight..:) If you are going to be buying a bed try the sleepys in Frederick, md on tues, thurs, and saturdays.

Obviously, there is no way to know exactly what happened unless there is security camera footage, but if Fuller’s version of events is accurate, he deserves to be fully exonerated and Rosas should be charged with assault upon her recovery. Assuming that Fuller was, in fact, attacked by the woman and punched several times in the face, he did absolutely nothing wrong or illegal in throwing a single punch at his attacker, however hard it might have been. No one feels any sympathy for a smaller man who is dumb enough to start a fight he can’t finish and there should be absolutely none for a woman who does exactly the same thing. Conversely, if Fuller punched Rosas for simply attempting to hold the parking place, he should be found guilty of the count charged. But the fact that he is only facing a single count of second-degree assault despite the seriousness of the woman’s injuries tends to indicate that at least part of Fuller’s story is supported by the evidence.

And for all those would-be women warriors out there, notice that this was a relatively fair fight between the sexes as Fuller is a little guy who only outweighed Rosas by 50 pounds. It’s not as if he was a 250-pound construction worker; if he had been, Rosas would likely be dead already. Tough girl posturing and fantasies about female martial prowess notwithstanding, women simply are not capable of winning serious physical altercations with men, even with men who are physically smaller than they are. Ignorance has consequences and the consequences can be deadly.

The way to prevent these sorts of stupid tragedies from taking place is not to continue attempting to brainwash boys with outdated nonsense by telling them “you should never hit a girl”. All that does is to destroy adult credibility in young male eyes as boys will inevitably notice that despite all the equality talk, girls are very seldom punished for hitting them, even when unprovoked. The answer is to teach everyone, boys and girls alike, not to initiate physical violence. Both men and women must understand that no one has any right to attack another individual without the expectation of facing violent retaliation.

The more distasteful that a woman finds the idea of men beating down women in response to being attacked, the more she should be committed to telling women not to attack men. After all, how hard is it to not physically attack someone, especially someone bigger, stronger, and faster than you are? It is long past time for women to understand that they lost the privilege to be considered off-limits to retaliatory violence the moment they collectively demanded legal equality with men.

via Vox Popoli: A lesson in equality.

Got everything squared away. got a new case and 8 gigs of ram out of the exercise too..:) I’m rebuilding my machine now but for all intents and purposes I’m up to full speed.

My dekstop has been acting up for a bit now. I finally got around to reformatting the thing..only to disvoer possible video card issues. I then had a client barter me one of her two computers for work outstanding. So now instead of my desktop I’m currently moving from my 10 year old case to a couple year old Antec. Also getting an 8 gig ram upgrade to boot..:) Right now i have my latop hooked up to my mouse. monitor, keyboard, and speakers. I’ll be back at full steam by tuesady..:) So while this means no gaming(no on a single core celeron) i’ll still be around the interwebs..:)

Remember this earlier post? Well here comes the conclusion.  While I have not run into this EXACT idiocy I’ve run into something similar.  The quoted text below is only a snippett…you really need to read the whole post to see just how stupid the fools thought Karl was..:)

 

There was no resolution offered by the District or the School Principal, of course.  And, as expected, there was also nobody willing to take responsibility for claiming there was a representative process in the Student Council when there in fact is not, and there was no apology forthcoming.  In fact, their “heat” tried to argue there in fact was such a process again; I quickly pointed out that it was about as accurate a claim as it would be if you presented your petition in the former USSR – or to Mubarak before he was deposed.  He didnt like the analogy; in point of fact he refused to look at me the entire rest of the time we were in the room.  I didnt really expect an apology and was well-prepared for an attempted second run at the same claim; in that regard I was not disappointed.

via Okaloosa Schools: Hypocrisy On Display – MarketTicker Forums.

Nough said here.

Two months after a video leaked of Cyrus smoking salvia, a legal, LSD-like substance, her estranged father, Billy Ray Cyrus, announced to the world that he’d like a do-over on the whole “Hannah Montana” thing.

“It destroyed my family,” the downtrodden dad told GQ. “I’ll tell you right now–the damn show destroyed my family. I’d take it back in a second. For my family to be here and just be everybody OK, safe and sound and happy and normal, would have been fantastic.”

But the disgraced Disney darling’s week looked like it would end on a high note when fellow former Disney tween queen Hilary Duff presented her with an “inspiration” award for Global Action Youth Leadership at a gala in Beverly Hills on Friday.

“I want (kids) to do something they love,” Cyrus said during her acceptance speech at the first annual Global Action Awards. “Not something that seems like a chore because someone tells them that’s the right thing to do, or what their parents want, or what’s important to people around them, but what’s on their heart.”

Wait, is she talking about doing homework? Doing the dishes? Mowing the lawn?

via Miley Cyrus receives ‘inspiration’ award, urges kids not to ‘do what their parents want’ « Entertainment.

It’s Escambia-County Defund The Schools Day – MarketTicker Forums.

This post is from Heather

I have written a letter to the Maryland Senators to show my opposition to Senate Bill 116.  If anyone would like to copy it and send it, please feel free.  You may want to change the 2nd to the last paragraph to something personal about you, unless you, too, were married in 2002 and you have a husband instead of a wife LOL.  Here is a link to the bill if you would like to read it (it is a very quick read) http://mlis.state.md.us/2011rs/bills/sb/sb0116f.pdf

RE: Opposition to Senate Bill 116

Dear Maryland Senators

I am writing to you today to express my opposition to Senate Bill 116 ‘Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act’

All marriages are not created equal and should not be treated as such.   A marriage between a man and a woman is a covenant created between them and God.  It has long been the practice of and benefit to society to maintain this definition of marriage.  Changing the definition of marriage would erode those ideas that are held dear by many, as well as undermine the societal structure of our state and country.

My husband and I were married as per the definition of one man and one woman in 2002.  We have been blessed with children and are honored to raise these children, but more importantly, we see the impact that a household consisting of a husband and wife (one man, one woman) has on the children and their development.

It is my strong hope that you will vote in opposition of Senate Bill 116 ‘Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act’

Sincerely

Heather Warren

As security forces then began to fire anti-air craft guns over their heads and the air filled with tear gas, the protesters’ will finally broke.

But even as they fled in headlong panic, a helicopter sprayed gunfire at them and more fell. Paramedics from ambulances that had rushed to the scene darted forward to help the wounded, but they too were shot at. Several were detained and at least one ambulance was impounded.

Doctors at the nearby Salmaniyah hospital said they had received 32 wounded people, nine of whom were in a critical condition. There were unconfirmed reports of two deaths at Pearl Roundabout, but witnesses said the bodies had been seized by the army.

via Bahrain royal family orders army to turn on the people – Telegraph.

Another article slamming the keys and it’s ownership.  Something’s brewing and we are not being told everything.  The lid is going to blow off soon.  I still think that if Frederick cranks up the rent(keep in ind the keys also pay taxes on EVERY TICKET and pay for the vast majority of maintenance and improvements to the stadium..something most other teams DON”T do) or tries other crap the keys will leave and attendenace is going to crater and HGS will be empty within 5 years.

Atlantic League eyes Frederick, Md., for future franchise – The York Daily Record.

it seems the Gazette has hitched it wagon to the “throw the keys out” bandwagon simply for short term gain.  I can tell you right now…if Frederick kicks out the keys….attendenace will crater…and once the truth of the BS that Frederick seems to be pulling comes out..it will disappear.  Then Frederick will have Harry Grove Desert to pay for without any help from the Atlantic league team that won’t be there within 2-5 years.

Frederick explores options for Harry Grove Stadium tenant.

Those eco-nazis strike again.  hoard those incandescent bulbs while you can…until the eco-nutjobs get their ban so we can start using ever more dangerous “green” products.  So far most of the “green” technologies are even more harmful than the “dangerous” things they were supposed to replace.

The LED bulbs sold as safe and eco-friendly can contain high levels of lead, arsenic and other hazardous substances, a new UC Irvine study shows – the same bulbs widely used in headlights, traffic lights, even holiday lights.

The toxic material could increase the risk of cancer, kidney disease and other illnesses, although the risks are more long-term than immediate; a single exposure to a broken bulb is unlikely to cause illness.

“I wouldn’t worry about an immediate release of vapor,” said UC Irvine public health and social ecology professor Oladele Ogunseitan, principal investigator and an author of the study. “But still, when these residues hang around the house, if not cleaned up properly they could constitute an eventual danger.”

The lights should be treated as hazardous materials, and should not be disposed of in regular landfill trash, he said, because of the risk of leaching into soil and groundwater.

High intensity, red bulbs contained the most arsenic, while low-intensity red lights harbored as much as eight times the amount of lead permitted by state law, the study showed.

White bulbs had low amounts of lead but higher amounts of nickel, also a potentially hazardous substance.

via Eco-friendly LED bulbs loaded with lead, arsenic – Environment – MiamiHerald.com.

I’m not normally of CNN but this expose is well done.

YouTube – Utility Co Already Charged San Bruno Customers For Replacement Pipeline Years Before Explosion.

These riots aren’t for democratic change.  They are for the rise of more muslim governments.  Tunisia and now Egypt aren’t “fully muslim” aka they aren’t ruled by sharia.  While some of the rioters may be actually concerend about their rights unless they continue sharia fundamentalists will overtake their movements leading to the rise of mire fundamentalist muslim movements…the main stream media call them radicals..they aren’t radicals..they are fundamentalists….ones who follow the Koran literally.

Worldwide Islamist revolution explodes.

Sometimes the big corps do something right..:)

In a remarkable move that goes far beyond any previous U.S. program, Comcast will offer a $9.95/month connection and free modem to any family with a kid eligible for free school lunches. That includes those with a family income of up to 30% over the poverty line. They are going beyond that to include partner offers of a netbook or (possibly used) PC for $150 as well as substantial training and outreach.  The only important limit is that those who already have Comcast connections are not eligible. This is not a “12 month only” deal and would be offered for three years at least.

Bravo: $9.95 Comcast Connection for Every Poor Kid.

YouTube – 1weatheraction’s Channel.

Wireless carriers openly considering charging per service (update: audio) — Engadget.

YouTube – Big Chopsticks.

THis is too cool!!!!

OpenKinect

via YouTube – OpenKinect – Keyboard Anywhere.

Folks are going back and forth over what this is.  As a person who has watched more than a few missile launches from aboard ship..this is a middle.  Where it’s from..now that’s one to debate.  This is no jet.  Just in case this gets pulled form youtube I have it available here.

YouTube – Missile, Jet or Something Else?.

Had a bit of a burp there…:) Glad i got it fixed..:)

hit this link and click listen.

Others are building on this read this reddit thread.

Google Translate Can Beatbox Too!.

According to patent law math is one thing that can’t be patented.  What is software?  At it’s most basic it’s 1’s and 0’s which is…math.  Cpu’s process things in integers and floating point calculations..and that’s…math.  How about we simply enforce the current patent law and have all software patents thrown out?

For leaders like Moglen to discourage direct lobbying against software patenting probably won’t help to drain the swamp, either. The open-source community must start to take the problem of software patenting seriously, and must hold its commercial partners responsible to invest more of the profits made from open source into protection of the right to produce it.

via Red Hat’s Secret Patent Deal and the Fate of JBoss Developers: Cloud «.

Opt Out of the Airport Scanners for Health and Privacy – We Won’t Fly .com.

If you aren’t interested in hearing some hard nosed truth not glossed over and made nice and squishy don’t hit play.  If you want to see the non pc presentation of some very relevant truths not only watch the video but look at the playlist embedded as well.

Sex, Drugs More Common in Hyper-Texting Teens – FoxNews.com.

Ford’s EcoBoost F-150 packs a powerful punch – Business – Autos – MotorHead – msnbc.com.

You’ll need another company’s V-10 to outdo this truck’s v6!!!!

There’s an easy way to avoid this situation again.  If you are presented the option to use a gov’t issues computer.. just don’t.  The chances of the gov’t prosecuting itself for it’s own criminal activity are slim at best.

The school district accused of spying on students at home via laptop webcam has agreed to settle two student lawsuits for a total of $610,000. The Lower Merion School District board of directors released a statement Tuesday morning, saying that it decided to settle in order to move on and “protect the interests of our taxpayers,” even if that meant not being able to share its own side of the story.

via School settles laptop spying case to “protect taxpayers”.

There’s a website I have long been a member of called God’s Frozen Chosen.  We’ve been looking for a good forums package for a while and have found what we think is going to be best.  First head to http://www.godsfrozenchosen.com and you’ll see the current forums.  The testing forums are at http://www.godsfrozenchosen.com/forums .  It’s a new package that’s in beta called xenforo and it’s made by the former lead developer of vbulletin.  Hop on over there and join us.  We are going to move eventually to xenforo so go familiarize yourself with it..:)

It’s called God’s Frozen Chosen.  We are a small(for now) gaming oriented group of Christians.  All are welcome to join the forums and talk with us.  Come check us out..:)

We have two adjacent structures in Brunswick that are now on fire.  We have 2 alarms out on on this fire.  Two houses are involved.  Please pray for hte families as there has already been one burn victim that is being treated.  I will keep everyone notified.  Right now Knoxville road at the dollar general is closed.  Also Brunswick street is closed form the 700 block to nearly the 900 block.  Emergency gear is still responding due to the rural nature of hits area so be aware of high speed emergency vehicles travelling to and through Brunswick.

Oh wow.  What some amazing video.  If you are afraid of heights don’t watch this.

via YouTube – World’s Scariest Job.

Mattel Consumer Relations Answer Center – Product Recall/Advisory.

This is a huge recall.  Check this list of children’s product carefully to see if you have any of this in your home and evalute your own course of action..:)

YouTube – Rebuild a Jeep under 4 minutes.

FOXNews.com – Teenage Miley Makes Teenage Britney Look Tame.

Play Gorillas.bas, a free online game on Kongregate.

If you ahve any eggs in cartons with the following brands you may be under this important safety recall…that continues to expand.

The recalled eggs are packaged under the following brand names: Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemps. The eggs are packed in cartons of various sizes, including 6-egg cartons, dozen-egg cartons and 18-egg cartons.

They feature Julian dates ranging from 136 to 225 and plant numbers 1026, 1413 and 1946. Dates and codes can be found stamped on the end of the egg carton. The plant number begins with the letter P and then the number. The date follows the plant number. For example: P-1946 223.

Egg recall expands to 32 million cartons in salmonella outbreak – Health – Food safety – msnbc.com.

What Has America Become by Ken Huber of Tawas City.

I could not have summed this up any better.  Thank you for this letter

Gen

Gen jsut won an 8 gig Ipod touch from work.  All I can say is…..GREEN!..:)

My trusty rumor now has the offs.  It just decides it’s done and turns off.  This is not a graceful shutoff either it’s like i pulled the battery off.  It’s getting to the point the phone is getting very unreliable and difficult to use.  However I really can’t afford the data plan at $150/month for my three line family plan…so I have to settle on something that’ll work.. just not what I want.  As I mentioned on ECCmd.com about this..it’s a total scam.  I’ve tried to find ways around it..there’s just not one.  Not even the prepaid services are worth a crap in this regard as they would cost me 50/month more than i am paying now.  Time to go phone shopping..:)

The engine essentially locks up right after leaving the fire house requiring a shutdown and restart. Makes you wonder if it was running a MS operating system…:) IF I heard of this happening to one of our engines or any first responder gear I would have some direct questions for the station staff.

rescue911.de – Emergency vehicle response videos.

This is so true.  Read this letter to the editor I found on WND.com.

Why people fear freedom

Some years ago, on the Sean Hannity radio show, Mr. Hannity was interviewing KABC Los Angeles libertarian radio talk-show host Larry Elder. He asked, at the time, why was it that libertarians, when running for political office, only receive 3 percent of the vote. Mr. Elder was quick in his reply: “The reason is because people fear freedom.” I was taken aback by the response.  I fully accept it now. Americans, sadly, do fear freedom and what it entails.

Freedom means success, as well as failure; freedom means making decisions, which can include the wrong ones; freedom means taking responsibility and owning up; freedom means owning yourself, body and soul.

Freedom entails the right to associate with whomever you please, and not getting punished for it; freedom means to take risks in all human endeavors; freedom means to think and to speak your mind and not get punished by anyone or anything; freedom means living your life as you so choose it.

Freedom means tolerating others’ opinions, peculiarities, religion and lifestyles, and not wanting to punish them for their differences; freedom means falling down and having the courage to get back up again; Freedom means taking responsibility for your own welfare, family, business, property or other; freedom means working for a goal and having no obstacles or any impediments in the way.

Freedom means praise, as well as scorn; freedom means standing up and facing the consequences, good and bad; freedom means doing what you please, provided that you do not physically harm another; freedom means standing up and reminding the powers that be that there are limits.

Freedom means adhering to a Constitution and not deviating from it; freedom also means choosing the road on which you want to travel and doing it peacefully; freedom means taking responsibility for your words, deeds and actions; and, finally, freedom means standing tall and walking into the sunshine of liberty.

Yes, people fear freedom.  They fear freedom because it sometimes requires pain, instead of pleasure; they fear freedom because at times it means struggle and stress; they fear freedom because at times it can be burdensome; and they even fear freedom because then they cannot “pass the buck.” That is why some Americans who would like to surrender their freedoms and liberties to achieve and obtain security from government and the welfare state. To me, this is not only sad, it is very dangerous.  It would be the equivalent of surrendering one’s soul or being to Lucifer himself.  Benjamin Franklin said it best when he said that those who give up their liberties for the sake of security deserve neither liberty nor security. How true those words are today.

Alex Pugliese

via E-mail to the Editor.

Famed Ledo restaurant to close Adelphi location on Sunday.

Wow i’ve been to the soon to be old location.  I do intend to go to the new location sometime int he future though.

All day long.  Then i got a song stuck in my head.  It’s called Kitty and it’s by The Presidents of the United States of America.  It’s off their self-titlted albums.  Here are the lyrics(with some bad language removed):

Meow, meow, meow, meow, meow, meow
Little bag of bones been out all night
Little bag of bones been out all night
Kitty, you’re scratchin’ at the screen door
Kitty, you’re scratchin’ at the screen door
Little bag of bones been out all night
He needs some pettin’ and lovin’ on his head
He needs some pettin’ and lovin’ on his rain-soaked hide
He’s circlin’ round my ankle
He’s circlin’ round my ankle
He needs some pettin’ and lovin’ on his hide
Oh kitty, won’t you come inside
Kitty on my foot and I wanna touch it
Kitty on my foot and I wanna touch it
Kitty on my foot and I wanna touch it
Kitty on my foot and I wanna touch it
Kitty on my foot and I wanna touch it
Kitty on my foot and I wanna touch it
Kitty on my foot and I wanna touch it
Kitty on my foot and I want to touch it
Kitty on my foot and I want to touch it
Meow, meow, meow, meow, meow, meow
Pussy purrin’ and lookin’ so satisfied
Pussy purrin’ and lookin’ so satisfied
(Lost in his little yellow round eye?)
(Lost in his little yellow round eye?)
Pussy purrin’ and lookin’ so satisfied
Kitty ran up and scratch me through my jeans
Kitty ran up and scratch me through my jeans
, kitty you’re gonna spend the night
, kitty you’re gonna spend the night
, kitty you’re gonna spend the night
OUTSIDE!
Kitty on my foot and I wanna touch it
Kitty on my foot and I wanna touch it
Kitty on my foot and I wanna touch it
Kitty on my foot and I wanna touch it
Kitty on my foot and I wanna touch it
Kitty on my foot and I wanna touch it
Kitty on my foot and I wanna touch it
Kitty on my foot and I want to touch it
Kitty on my foot and I want to touch it
touch it
wanna touch it
wanna touch it
wanna touch it
wanna touch it
wanna touch it
wanna touch it
wanna touch it
Kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty
Touch it!
Kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty
Touch it!
Kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty
Touch it!
Kitty on my foot and I want to touch it!

For the first time in my voting life, I am registered as unaffiliated.  This was formerly known as independent, but I suppose that Maryland felt this was just not acceptable, so we are now known as unaffiliated.   Now, I thought being registered with a political party held power.  Wow!  I was wrong.  This year, we have been graced by more politicians in this very short election season.  The most recent confirmed our party affiliation.  I have  a feeling this is going to be an interesting couple of months.

<getting ready to pop the pop corn for anyone who wants to sit back and watch>