Friday, February 02, 2007

Difference? What Difference?

Libertarians are fond of pointing out that there is no discernible difference between the "two" parties in the American political picture. Well, here's further proof that not only is there no difference between the parties there is also no difference between the major players in those parties.
"U.S. policy must be clear and unequivocal: We cannot, we should not, we must not permit Iran to build or acquire nuclear weapons...
....In dealing with this threat ... no option can be taken off the table.
We need to use every tool at our disposal, including diplomatic and economic in addition to the threat and use of military force..."
Who said this? Take a minute and think hard about it. Got an idea? Sounds a lot like the current President, huh? Is that your guess? It would have been mine, if I didn't know better. Nope, it's not George Bush. It's Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party front runner for their Presidential nomination. We're not likely to hear this on the domestic Evening News, are we?

How are these people any different than the ones currently in power? They're not. It's that simple. Anyone casting a vote for this woman, thinking that she would somehow be different than George Bush is delusional. She voted for the war. She continues to vote for the war. The same goes for all of the others running, too. Same overseers, same whips, same play book.

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Switching Back

Well, the day has finally come, (as was inevitable), when I switched back from the evils of the low quality Windows world to the higher quality, more satisfying world of the Mac. Windows is definitely feeling no love this year, as so many people seem to be making the switch from Windows to Macs or Linux. Can't say as I blame them after last week.

We'd been planning on a return to the Mac platform a little later this year and apparently the Windows machine overheard us and decided to commit sepuku last Thursday, rather than be replaced down the road. That was pretty much the last straw for us. It was an inconvenience to have to move our plans up by a couple of months but, it was a necessity. Windows has few options for fixing problems and most seem to involve erasing ones hard drive and starting afresh. Seeing as there was data I needed on said hard drive I was reticent to do that.

Fortunately, I already had one older Mac Powerbook and a Firewire case so I hooked up the tanked Windows hard drive and 'lo and behold the data was there at my fingertips. Windows couldn't find anything, but my 6 year old Mac Powerbook (running OS X with 1 GB of RAM) immediately saw everything. Unfortunately, it did not have the drive capacity to recover and store the data. The new 20" iMac I was sent out to acquire does have that capacity.

So, now I've been spending the last week reacquiring programs, retrieving data, relearning keyboard shortcuts and reacquainting myself with the vagaries of a full sized Mac and a newer version of the Mac OS X. So far I am very satisfied with the experience. NeoOffice looks to be as good a program suite as M$ Office and the price is right. I love the Macs Dashboard function and Widgets, having the weather radar at the touch of a button is just cool. Firefox, Thunderbird and my wifes copy of Beer Alchemy are all working well. Add in the fact that it's just a darned pretty machine with a huge cool factor and I feel pretty good about things now.

All in all, it's nice to be back into a more user friendly computing environment and, other than the availability of games it's hard to see why we ever migrated away from what is clearly a better and more friendly platform. Shoot, this new system is even going to let me experiment with Unix via its BSD core and the terminal and I could, (if I were masochistic enough) even run Windows again. There's a new external drive mounted for backups (I had wisely purchased an extended warranty on the drive when we had the Windows machine assembled), my trackball is hooked up and all my data is now retrieved and safe in a new home. Life is better.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Rangel's Latest Draft

Charley Rangel, the draft loving ├╝ber Democrat has once again introduced a bill that would institute a draft, the Universal National Service Act of 2007. This time, tho it's not just any old draft that this lunatic politician wants to impose on people. It's much worse than the old military draft. Rangel's latest version would enslave all people from the ages of 18-42 not just for military service, but also for an inadequately defined federal service with a minimum of 2 years required of the enslaved inductees.
To require all persons in the United States between the ages of 18 and 42 to perform national service, either as a member of the uniformed services or in civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, to authorize the induction of persons in the uniformed services during wartime to meet end-strength requirements of the uniformed services, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent the favorable treatment afforded combat pay under the earned income tax credit, and for other purposes.
Regardless of who you were you'd be snapped up and forced to do the bidding of the federal taskmasters at whatever job they decided to place you in, if you fall within their age ranges. And, lest you think the bill is unfair it does go to some length to see to it that women are now included in the draft, (fair's fair, I guess) and the exemptions are so few that even homosexuals and the Amish would likely be forced into service eligible for induction . So, no longer will they only be after our sons as their servants, now they'll be after our daughters, too.

Fortunately, this bill is in committee, has no current co-sponsors and will likely (hopefully) die a well deserved bureaucratic death. But....given the sheer numbers of hard left socialists in control up there, this Euro inspired "service" bill could conceivably find its way to the floor and be placed up for a vote. All too often we have heard people on the Right and the Left blather on about the need for national service. This type of bill will have supporters, both vocal and silent on both sides of the aisle. I have no faith that it won't sit around until the situation is optimal for it to be re-introduced under a Democratic President where it could gain serious traction. This is certainly something that all people, (especially if you are between the ages of 18 and 42 or a parent) should be keeping a close watch on.

via Cryptogon.

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