Monthly Archives:March 2008

I’ve lost a ton of respect for james dobson over the years.  He is now joining a growing number of ministries that choose to water down the work of God to please some earthly laws.  I would like to see him just remember that the internet is global and there is an easy way around this issue…simply shutdown in canada and put your entire broadcast online.  Also i would stream them live from the us-based website as they are being made and let everyone in canada know about this.  There would be nothing the canadian gov’t could do about it at that point and their hate crime laws would not apply.

Rosemont de-annexation to referendum

At first it was the burgess Jackie Ebersole crying foul and throwing various kinds of monkey wrenches into Brunswick crossing. There were various reasons but the biggest one was the small parcel of land they owned was going to be developed and they did not want that. But because they hung onto the land they were jeopardizing some major areas of the project…the biggest one being the relocation of the Brunswick Fire Company. What makes this ironic is the BVFD provides the fire coverage for Rosemont. Finally after some wrangling a deal was struck and all were allowed to move forward. Now some of the citizenry of Rosemont are crying conflict of interest because her husband is president of the Brunswick Volunteer Ambulance Company. I guess after years of obstructionism by their leader they decided to rise up themselves and bite the very ambulance company that serves them as well. They are simply following their duly elected burgess’s example…..

I do have to give the Rosemont residents credit though for being active enough in their community that when they see something they don’t like they use the power of their votes to rise up and say something to their elected officials.

I recently canceled their dsl service due to them taking 1/3 of my bandwidth away.  When i called to find out what was going on i was told be glad you have that much by more than one tech support person.  That same day i called comcast and went to their high-speed.  Now it turns out they never deactivated my dsl account as i have been charged for the entire march billing period.  When i call in this time I get told they won’t refund the entire charge because the cancellation was only for today.  I told them they should credit me the whole thing as it’s their issue that they didn’t cancel the service when i asked them to.  The person then told me the fact is that we are not going to credit you anything but a prorated refund for htis billing period.  Looks like as soon as comcast digital voice comes along verizon goes totally bye-bye…of course me and my wife could go totally cellular and bypass both of them.  The discussions continue as to which option this household is going to use but it won’t be verizon.

According to Vox Day it appears Lehman is also in trouble.  Also the Fed Bernake had this to say about the bailout,

Mr Bernanke then announced a new Primary Dealer Credit Facility. Dealers can now lend the majority of the $50 trillion of credit market instruments to the Fed in return for cash equivalents, “allowing the Fed to be able to support the debt structure that underpins the American economy,” according to the Lindsey Group, a leading consultancy.

Bear Sterns is being bailed out by the Fed and being sold for nearly pennies to JP Morgan Chase.  The Fed has also opened up unlimited lines of credit to the top 20 banks.  This means the dollar is going to plunge even worse than it has now and is only going to exacerbate the issues.  The fed is honestly powerless here…it is flooding the market with more debt when it’s too much debt that is the root cause of this issue.

As is quoted in the article (In an effort to stabilize the stock market, the Fed also took the extraordinary measure of lowering the discount rate by a quarter point, from 3.25 percent to 3.5 percent.

The discount window is a lending facility the Fed uses to lend money to banks on a short term basis, to meet liquidity needs.

Last night, the Fed announced money would be made available to the 20 large investment banks that serve as the “primary dealers” trading Treasury securities directly with the Fed, with no pre-determined limit on the amount of money a bank might borrow.

The idea is to allow the primary dealers to lend to banks on a short-term basis by holding as collateral hard-to-sell instruments in bank asset portfolios, including mortgage-backed securities that may have little or no true market value.)

…the fed is taking on the shaky and/or worthless mortgage backed securities to prop up the banks.  Frankly..let the banks sink under their own weight…this will keep them from making these bad decisions..unfortunately the fed’s bailout will only encourage this behavior and plunge this country even deeper into debt.

JPMorgan Chase, Fed to aid Bear Stearns – U.S. business- msnbc.com
Last week, the Fed announced an industry-wide rescue package that would provide as much as $200 billion in loans to banks and investment houses and allow them to put up risky home-loan packages as collateral. It was the Fed’s latest effort to stem a global credit crisis that began last August with rising loan defaults for subprime mortgages, loans provided to borrowers with weak credit histories.

Just read the bolded sentence above.  This is why the whole thing is going to implode.

N.Y. governor reportedly in prostitution ring – Crime & courts- msnbc.com

I bet Spitzer is done. He came into power as the tough on crime and going to clean up wall street platform. This appears to be the result of a prostitution bust at a high end club called the Emperor’s Club that was a front for a high-end prostitution ring. What an interesting turn of events. I’ll be blogging this as details come out. The New York Times sites is down due to the crush of traffic. I await his statement.

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Officers Chase Stolen Police Cruiser|ABC 7 News
When officers boxed in the suspect vehicle, they say the driver began waving a box cutter at the officers, who took cover. As they instructed the driver to surrender, police say the man suddenly got out of the car and got into a police cruiser. Officers wrestled with the man, who was able to get the car into gear and take off.

Enough said. Taser? mace? Hello?

Parents of 166,000 students could face criminal charges

The real truth is about halfway down in the story as noted below:

The current case was brought by two attorneys who had been appointed by the state to represent the family’s minor children in a dependency case stemming from accusations of abuse that resulted from the parents’ decision to impose discipline on their children with spankings. The case actually had been closed out by the court as resolved when the lawyers filed their special appeal.

this is simply harassment of parent trying to discipline their children. California is usually the launching point for this type of attack on families and this time it is no different. The previous story detailing the ruling is here. The reaction from digg users is amazingly positive for the homeschoolers. This is coming very quickly on the heels of various German actions against homeschoolers through the country. There’s also the case of a father arrested in the homosexual haven of MASS for objecting to the homosexual indoctrination of his child. There’s tons more examples..just start with those links and go from there.

The latest TWIT was a political podcast and very little to do with technology. Leo has said in the following macbreak podcast that he wants TWIT(the twit podcast not the network) to be more than just technology. Leo, if that is the case then rename the podcast or add a political podcast. Listening to an entire two hours of Dave Whiner(yes i am purposefully mispelling it) the entire time has lead me to unsub from twit. I will listen to it live from now on and if i don’t like it I’ll not even use the flash player to download it. The current macbreak is just as bad with Alex Lindsay whining about amazon sucking because it’s a web page and not a bloated single app like itunes. Security Now! is also becoming more about product testimonials than actual discussion of security. The tech guy is the only one that is holding true to it’s name and format. Also i am now noticing more and more sexual references in all of the podcasts except for Security Now!.

All in all most of the latest TWIT network podcasts i listen to can be summed up in one phrase..they suck.

Viruslist.com – Analyst’s Diary

It’s name is MonaRonaDona and it’s very unusual for malware. It takes over the system as visibly as possible and demands you buy a $40 product called unigray nti-virus. It’s a scam. How it gets onto systems is not yet known but the a/v makers have started pushing out updates for this extortionware. If you see this on your machine please contact me as soon as possible.

*Update* Threatfire has some more details. It is apparently associated with RegistryCleaner2008.exe. Follow the link for their analysis.

Early in the session of Maryland’s General Assembly, several bills were introduced dealing with Child Support related issues. A list of the bills can be found on the state’s website. Bills were introduced in both the house and the senate to support the custodial parents who are trying to collect child support that is owed to them. Regrettably, the elected officials decided it would be in the best interest of the parties to not force the non-custodial parents to pay their obligations by passing stricter legislation than the current guidelines that are only marginally enforced.

In the state of Maryland, non-custodial parents who do not meet their obligation to pay the court awarded child support are given 60 days of non-compliance before the first enforcement levels begin – driver’s license suspension. Then, it takes about 60 more days for the driver’s license of the debtor to actually be suspended. The state may or may not report the debt to a credit agency. If the case evolves to the point of a contempt of court charge, the non-custodial parent only needs to provide proof of employment and a promise to pay the child support and the state will reinstate the driver’s license and then move to withdraw the contempt of court charge. A couple months later, the non-custodial parent stops working and then the process starts all over again.

Ultimately, who suffers in this process? The child. Yes, the child support payments are sent to the custodial parent, however, they are sent so that the custodial parent can maintain the same level of care (financially) as if the biological mother and father were still together, raising the child under the same roof. So if the state of Maryland is not encouraging parents to pay their child support obligations, who are they really favoring?

Perhaps, the state legislators need to spend a little more time on the well being of the residents instead of matters like this:

The Frederick News-Post Online – Frederick County Maryland Daily Newspaper

If you are in this country illegally…you should be deported..period.