October 30, 2009
I have tried my best to avoid going after my fellow bloggers but a recent episode has just made me change my opinion. On ‘the Drudge Retort’ by Ben Hoffman I have been engaged in an ongoing debate with him and various others liberals. The topic, Republicans and big government, abortion and the sanctity of life. My posts have been repeatedly deleted simply because my points have been superior in every way to the opposition’s, mostly superior to Hoffman’s points.
This is classic liberal attitude. They talk the talk but when it comes to real debate with a suitable opponent they clam up, call you names, denigrate you and delete your comments. It’s been shown through Obama’s war on Fox News and MSNBC’s coverage of the town hall and tea party protests. We shouldn’t expect anything better. But on this blog, this man supposed himself to be such a good defender of all things constitutional so I expected a heated, yet fair debate. No such thing. Classic liberal blather. Delete comments, never acknowledge them or give a reason for their unexpected deletion.
Now I, being a Constitutionalist and believing in private property and free speech agree with his right to moderate comments. In fact I myself do so and find nothing wrong with doing it. However, I, as laid out in my Comment Policy page allow diverging viewpoints so long as the comments do not slander, attack or profane myself, other commentators or my faith. None of these things were said or done by me and nothing warranting my removal was included. Therefore I do not recommend debating or trying to debate this man. He will simply delete your comments as long as you have superior points which will be approx. 94% of the time.
October 30, 2009
A Congressional Ethics probe has been leaked over the internet through a peer to peer file sharing site. The list includes the names of some high profile Democatic senators as well as a couple Republicans. I cannot disclose their names but can tell you that over two dozen house members have been revealed as under investigation.
While I decry both sides for their potential ethics violations, is this not a final nail in the coffin of the Democratic pledge to have a more ‘open and transparent’ government then the Republicans they took over from in 2006? Is this the noble Democrats showing their true colors? Democrats are no better than Republicans when it comes to transparency or openness and certainly aren’t better at avoiding ethics violations. In fact Democrats such as Charlie Rangel (N.Y.) and John Murtha (P.A.) have been such blatant offenders that if they were in non-political jobs they would have been fired and potentially thrown in prison years ago. This speaks to the aristocracy of the government and the need of Americans to demand Senators and Representatives to hold themselves to a higher standard or face the wrath of the voters.
Is there no wonder why our country is on a downhill slide right now? Our elected officials who are supposed to be looking out for the good of the country and adhering to the laws set forth by the Constitution are blatantly and repeatedly going against that loved old document. While we struggle with high prices, high inflation, losing jobs and ever increasing taxes, government officials are stuffing their own pockets and stuffing the pockets of their special interest groups like ACORN, GE and Big Labor.
America, we need to vote the bums out that are indicted in this probe. Even if they haven’t been convicted or charged with anything, why are they under investigation? Surely some suspect actions in the past have occurred. This isn’t about the party at this time. We need to vote out the people that think it is their right to trample the Constitution, raise taxes, pay off supporters and fail to disclose millions of dollars in income. America doesn’t want this corruption Congress. You’d better wake up and listen.
October 29, 2009
According to a recent online document from Politico, the new House bill that has been proposed works out to $2.24 million per word. If the bill costs 894 billion over the next ten years the massive 1,990 page bill would work out to almost two and a quarter million dollars per word.
And this is a good thing why exactly? I’m not that old and I remember a day when a million bucks was a lot of money. But these idiots in Washington are basically printing these bills with gold ink. It’s like they are shooting for a really large number just to impress us. You would think that the tea party movement has spurred them to rethink their commitment to spending large amounts of money. But I guess not. They’re more concerned about appeasing their liberal minds and to heck with the country. Forget that our children and grandchildren will have to suffer through ENORMOUS taxes to pay off this debt. Forget that they are basically selling us out to the Chinese so they can have their precious little health care reform.
Is it not enough that we have nationalized the banks and car companies? Do they want to nationalize health care to? Dumb question. Of course they do. They want complete government control over everything because, doggone it, the free market just doesn’t know how to do anything right. Yeah, about that. Last time I checked, UPS and FedEx are doing a heck of a job better than the post office at delivery.
Liberals and progressives seem as if they are wanting, WANTING to destroy this country through financial ruin. Conservatives are wanting to get us back on track and get us to a more stable place. But if we allow the liberals and Democrats to win again come 2010, we are saying that we don’t really care about the country. We just want our welfare and free health insurance paid for by somebody else.
October 28, 2009
A new bill that was proposed in April would give President Obama sweeping new powers over control of the nation’s networks and internet traffic. Some heralded it as a step in the right direction of negating or lessening the impact of potential cyber attacks.
This bill would essentially allow the American people to be fed information by government officials and would force large cable, phone and other companies to shut down their pipelines and close the information portals that allow for the free spread of information. Such a bill ostensibly is to protect networks from attack and banking, security and other systems from complete failure, but the secret to the bill is that it basically puts the information highway under the control of one man, a man who has shown he holds a grudge against those who bring up points against him, Barack Obama.
This bill, while not giving control under normal conditions, would allow the government to shut it down without warning. And then who would determine if there was a valid threat? But surely the government would be absolutely truthful when dealing with such issues right? I mean, it’s really got our best interests at heart, trust me.
We need to be vigilant in that this isn’t a type of pseudo-Fairness Doctrine Internet Edition. The free spread of information through blogs, alternative news sites and forums on the internet has opened up the news and allowed for false rumors propagated through liberally biased news organizations to be dispelled by studious bloggers. America, don’t let one man control the internet. If you do, it could be the end of unbiased media as we know it. More on the Fairness Doctrine Radio Edition in the weeks and months to come.
October 28, 2009
Well my friends, my computer now has an operating system. And what a glorious one it is. Less than two hours after starting the Windows 7 upgrade process that would transform my computer from a Vista dog to a 7 champ, I am done and most of my pictures, media, documents and favorites are back in place. And my impressions…
Stunned! Not at all in a bad way though as every good experience I have had with 7 is blown away be even more good ones. Granted, this is probably just the first impressions and I will probably find something wrong with the OS as everyone inevitably does. But at this moment Windows 7 is the best OS in a LONG time.
SPEED: The sheer speed of the OS is amazing. I can’t count how many times I sat and twiddled my thumbs while Vista did something SLOWLY. With 7 it boots faster, shuts down faster, resumes from sleep faster, transfers files faster and plays media faster. Everything that Vista did wrong in terms of speed and responsiveness 7 does right. Switching between tabs on Firefox has no hiccups like Vista did. Opening programs and the media player is faster. More things can be done with less processor usage.
LOOK: Basically the same as Vista which is good if you’ve been using Vista for years and need to keep the basic feel of the UI memorized. The new taskbar takes some times getting used to but I’m already finding it to be helpful and easy to use. The start menu looks exactly the same with the sole difference being the return of the word based icons for shutdown-sleep-etc. The icons and notifications bar on the bottom right hand side of the screen isn’t cluttered and the new functionality is impressive.
COMPATIBILITY: I was worried about my sound card being unrecognized after the Release Client couldn’t install my sound driver. But as soon as the setup process was done the familiar and somewhat irritating Windows bootup sound sprang from my speakers to a chorus of ‘Hallelujahs’. My antivirus program works well with an update coming tonight. Windows Update is already finding a few even newer drivers for my modem and wireless card, though they already work flawlessly. The real test comes when I try to install all my programs. We’ll soon see more about that.
FEATURES: There is no more movie maker, photo gallery or other of the sometimes maligned Vista programs. For the most part the Windows Live Essentials do a good job of replacing their Vista counterparts. Live Writer is one of the best new programs and I have written several of my blog postings with that tool. Live Movie Maker is kind of watered down but it’ll work if you need it to.
All in all, 7 is a HUGE improvement over Vista and I am now starting to kind of like the media player I mentioned in my other Windows 7 postings. Hopefully this OS will be a turning point for MS to make better and better OSes in the future.