Sunday, August 31, 2003

Friday, August 29, 2003

Two Lists

Today I found two lists. 50 Things al Qaeda Hates about America and Cannonical Murphy's Laws of Combat.

Oh, and Allah has a blog.
End Of An Era

"Tokyo approves biggest deployment of troops since 1945 as anxious Washington casts around for help shouldering post-Saddam burden"

End of an era as Japan enters Iraq

Getting sucked into the vortex.

Thursday, August 28, 2003

eBay

In case you didn't notice, I started selling some things on eBay. I have alot to sell. You can see the items here. Right now I'm listing mostly Eurovan parts and I have some tools to put up soon. I have to get a handle on the shipping for the larger items though. If anyone comes here searching for Eurovan parts, please check them out. Also the powerbook hinge is up - a very expensive part - get it for a fraction of what it costs new.

Sick is Sick

Found on David's Blog:

"Comment submitted by Grass is greener in regards to blog entry: Islamic Terrorists Blow Up Middle East Peace:

Perhaps the current Palestinian culture is not sick, but desperate. Factions of the Zionist movement of less than a century ago engaged in equally violent action. By your yardstick, were those that enabled the negotiation with the British for the Palestinian Mandate sick, too?

My Reply: Please. No people in history has blown up its own children or deliberately declared war on infants and old people. These attacks are calculated, systematic and done with genocidal intentions. Let's call it the Palestinian subculture -- since it is the product of systematic indoctrination by the Palestinian dictatorship. Sick is sick. Wake up. The Palestinian Authority doesn't want to negotiate a peace. The Palestinians were given a state fifty years ago. Their answer was a violent war to obliterate Israel. They already have in Jordan a Palestinian state but they don't want it because there are no Jews to kill there. They had the land -- the West Bank which is the historic home of the Jews -- from 1949-1967. They used the West Bank to launch a war against Israel in that year and that's why there are Israeli soldiers in the West Bank today. To prevent these murderers from striking again. The Palestinian leaders have only one agenda -- destroy the state of Israel. This is the one thing the Israelis cannot negotiate. And that is why there is no peace."


Inferno

James loves to go to the playground but they took the canopy from the one I usually take him to. I thought they would replace it with a new one but apparently not. They put up signs saying the playground equipment may get hot. May get hot? Do they know this is Florida? The playground is completely useless except before 11am. The sign should read "Caution: Using playground during daylight hours may result in 3rd degree burns." What are they thinking?

Remilitarisation of Japan

More news on Japan's anti-war constitution. PM wants to end Japan's anti-war law

It's just a matter of time, Japan has too much at stake.




 
Terrorist Thanks Anti-War Protesters

Bali bomber thanks anti-war protesters

""I want to thank the Australian people who supported our cause when they demonstrated against the policies of George Bush. Say thank you to all of them," Sawad said."

Thanks LGF.

But What Are They Going To Do With Them?

Update on the terrorist suspects arrested in Canada. Network' eyed Tower: RCMP

It looks like they were indeed planning an attack in Canada. But will Canada wake-up? They will hold hearings to determine if they should remain in custody.

Wednesday, August 27, 2003

The Temple Mount Revisited

There's a good article in Jewish World Review on the reopening of the Temple Mount to "infidels."

Opening the Temple Mount: Making of a tinderbox or preventing historical destruction?

""We are Muslims. Allah said that the mosque is only for Muslims. Why are they coming here? What temple? Where?" said Mouna Kawasmeh, a Palestinian woman who looked askance at visiting Israelis and dismissed their assertions that two temples were built, and destroyed, on the mount in biblical times."

And from The war that never ends

" It is because of religion that the battle continues with only occasional letup to allow the killers to rearm. Three weeks at summer camp will not deter a people whose faith is in a god many of their religious leaders believe wants a shotgun marriage between mosque and state. Many of them are taught that the heavenly kingdom and the earthly one are linked and that it is their job to eliminate "infidels" who don't see as they do. No one who understands the substance behind this battle and the unchanging objectives of those who fight it could possibly believe that such a religious vision will be modified by "infidel" diplomats."

And an article by Ed (was he really a democrat?) Koch: Jews must reward Bush for stance on Israel

"The goal of all Palestinian terrorist organizations is the destruction of the State of Israel." Never forget that because it won't change.




Oppression

I read about this article on the Neal Boortz website, who got it from Townhall.com, who got it from Ransom, who got it from The Heritage Foundation, but I found it at Capitalism Magazine.

The author is right on.
Mars Did It

At Least 39 Killed in Stampede in India
Islam vs. Christianity

The Age-Old Conflict

Because too many people still don't believe this is war.

"Many contemporary theologians depict the Crusades as Christianity's war against Islam, but they have it dead wrong. For Islam was on the march centuries before the Crusades, having conquered the Christian lands of Egypt, Syria, North Africa and Spain by the time Pope Urban II had declared the first Crusade."

Because we want to believe reasonable people can live together in peace and harmony.

"Christians who believe that all people are equal in dignity before God need to realize that this idea is not taught in traditional Islam. Muslims who do believe in this equality of dignity have been influenced by the West, but within the Muslim community they are typically shouted down by the more fervent and louder voices of Islamic militants."

Because the warning trumpets have sounded and most of us are wearing headphones and keep turning up the volume to drown them out.

" My colleague Robert Spencer writes in "Islam vs. Christianity: The Age-Old Conflict Continues" that Americans need to wake up to the fact that not all religions or their followers share the Western values of tolerance. "

We watched the tragedy unfold
We did as we were told
We bought and sold
It was the greatest show on earth
But then it was over ...


Roger Waters/Amused to Death


It could happen.

Our brother country, Great Britain, was at one time the greatest company of nations the world had ever known. The sun never set on the British Empire.

The United States is the greatest single nation the world has ever known.

Europe and America in Prophecy

Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Subverting the wisdom of the Founders

On the establishment of religion: What the Constitution really says. Deserves a thorough read. I haven't read anything more to the point on this subject and I believe he's right.

"In addition to these abuses and violations of the U.S. Constitution, the purblind insistence by these judges and justices on treating religious freedom as a strictly individual right has produced the very consequence that the Constitution's more prudent approach seeks to avoid. They have insisted that government adopt a stance of strict agnosticism, which in effect drives from the public realm all things that smack of religious belief.

This establishes, in the literal sense, a uniform regime of atheism in government affairs. (In the literal sense, atheism simply means the absence of God, and this, in the public realm, is what the federal judges and justices insist upon.) Since, however unjustifiably, they claim for their opinions the force of law, it necessarily follows that they mean to impose this regime by force – that is, by coercion. Thus, in the guise of a judicial effort to protect religious freedom, they destroy it – not for this or that individual, but for the people as a whole.


More on Jew/Egypt Reparations

The Exodus Fraud

"The Arab world – and I say this as an Arab-American proud of his ancestry – boldly and shamelessly accuses the Jews of doing what it does.

It was the Jewish people who were cast out of the Arab world by the hundreds of thousands – with little more than the clothes on their backs. It was the Jews who considered themselves fortunate to have escaped the clutches of the Arab world with their lives. It was the Jews who were persecuted by the Arab world – and continue to be persecuted today."
--- Joseph Farah

France Insane?

France: No proof Hamas is terror group.

"The French government is once again bucking the United States-led international war on terrorism and urging fellow Europeans to follow suit by not classifying Hamas and Islamic Jihad as terror organizations."

Hamas and Islamic Jihad not terrorist orginations? What dimensional abnormality are they living in?

Cancer

A friend of mine has been undergoing chemo-therepy for Hodgkin's Disease. He seemed to be doing well, the doctors were pleased with his progress. He handled it well, even joking about it, although it hasn't been easy for him. He began having pain in the kidney area and he had a stint put in. I don't know if I spelled that right, I'm not even 100% sure what it is. He was to have it removed but during that operation they said they had to remove the kidney. There was a mass surrounding it, they couldn't remove it, but they took the kidney. I don't know every detail, it was a very confusing thing. It wasn't expected. So he had been home recovering and a few days ago began having extreme back pain. The doctor who took out the kidney said it was all in his head, gave him a letter stating he was well enough to return to work and basically said he just didn't want to return to work. He went to a chiropractor and was told something was wrong, the area was all red and the chiropractor wouldn't touch him. On his way back to the car he had shooting pains, he said like static electricity, in his legs and they began to give out. He fell. He got up and fell again. They took him to a different doctor who did an MRI and said there was a tumor attached to his spinal cord and he needed an emergency operation. They said if he had waited a couple more days he would have lost use of his legs. They looked at the previous MRI's and said the tumor was obvious and the other doctor should have easily seen it. Legal action a possibility.

He just called me tonight from the hospital, sometimes in tears, telling me about it. He didn't sound like himself at all. It's really hard to deal with. He's the same age as I am. I'm not really sure what to say or do. I'm going to visit him tomorrow. His plans are to leave the hospital and go back on chemo again. Right now he can't even walk so I don't think he'll be leaving the hospital very soon. Let's see.

I wonder what I would do if I were in his shoes. I always say when the time comes, that's it. I don't want to prolong it and suffer the indignities of operation after operation and all that goes with that. I don't want to do everything possible to eek out every possible miserable moment of living that way. I wouldn't want my son seeing that either. But then, I want to be there to watch him grow up. My friend doesn't have a wife or children. I think he wishes he had.

Property Rights

Neal Boortz talks about them in Outrage in Alabaster. Another front in the attack on our freedoms.

Temple Mount Again

"Israeli police clashed with Muslims on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem after the compound was reopened to Christians and Jews.

Police kicked and beat some protesters with batons while Arab children threw stones at the officers."


Temple Mount opens to non-Muslims

I'll Say It Again

This has got to stop: 36 Children Die Left in Hot Cars in 2003.

"The screaming message here is that for any period of time, you don't leave a child unattended in a car"



Monday, August 25, 2003

3 Cranes

When I went to work last night there were 3 sandhill cranes in the field next to the hotel standing in a puddle not 10 feet from the driveway. 2 were sleeping with their heads tucked under their wing and the other was, apparently, standing guard. They were there all night.

Islamic Rally On Temple Mount

Tens of thousands of participants attended an Islamic Movement rally Saturday afternoon on Temple Mount, which passed without incident."

This is just the beginning.

"This is the second time the festival is being held on the anniversary of the August 1969 fire in the mosque, which was caused by Michael Dennis Rohan, an Australian Christian.

The fire at the mosque 34 years ago is the central event around which the movement's activities are focused, and the recent events, including Jews being allowed on the Mount strengthen the movement's motto that "Al-Aqsa is in danger."


This will be interesting to watch. Maybe it will fizzle, maybe not. The facts are, many fanatical non-Muslims believe there needs to be a Jewish Temple built on that site to fulfill end time prophecy (some try to take it upon themselves to bring it about) and Muslims, obviously, are dead-set against it. The Temple Mount Faithful have a cornerstone, have been in training and are ready to go.


Mars Attacks

India: Mars is Making a Hostile Move.

"Mars will bring terrible bloodshed, riots, epidemics and lawlessness upon mankind," says temple priest Lakshmi Narayan Shastri."

There is and will be terrible bloodshed, riots, epidemics and lawlessness upon mankind ... not, however, caused by Mars.

Reparations

This is sort of amusing. Jews sued for 'stealing'
gold in Exodus


The people of modern Egypt are Arabs and not the descendants of the original Egyptians, and, while all Jews are Israelites, not all Israelites are Jews. The ancestors of those Israelites have already paid dearly many times over. If not for them Arabs would still be wandering the deserts living in tents. They have had a chance to make good with what was given to them but they blew it. It takes individuals with positive dreams and will and perseverance to make a great country. If you are filled with hatred, you get what you sow. The Jews took the same desert the Arabs have and made an extremely productive, beautiful little country out of it.



It Is Awful Hot Down Here

Sometimes I wouldn't mind driving my car into a pool. Sound familiar? "She said she put her foot on the accelerator by mistake after the parking the car outside the complex"

Too Many Scientists

You know there are too many scientists when the only job they can get is figuring out every little detail of the perfect hair wash.

"According to its scientists, only running water at a temperature of 36.7 C should be used."

I personally prefer a temperature of 37.2 C if it's running and 36.9 C if it's not.

"Lathering should last 28 seconds and involve 20 rubs."

Damn, I can't do anything right.

"The conditioner should be applied with a wide-toothed comb and left for 57 seconds before rinsing with water at 36.7 C."

I thought it was 60 seconds.

Don't Even Ask For A Divorce In India

"A council of elders in a village in southern India has ordered a woman to fall at their feet for five hours, as punishment for requesting a divorce."

That sounds more like punishment for the elders. Who would want to hang around while some lady falls at your feet for 5 hours. I'm busy, I have things to do.

She wanted a divorce because her husband was torturing her. What is wrong with women these days? Are they becoming Americanized? What's a little torture between husband and wife? Don't be such a baby.

Yes, America is the evil country.


Sunday, August 24, 2003

Powerbook Hinges

One of the hinges on my powerbook broke last week. I started searching the internet to get it fixed and learned that Mac wanted $1600.00 to fix it. If I was Bill Gates I wouldn't pay that much on principal. Supposedly, they have to replace the whole frame. No thank you!

I found another place that said they could do it for about $400.00. Better, but $400.00 for a hinge? Come on. One site described how a guy fixed his hinge with a piece of sheet aluminum but I learned that it didn't last very long. I gave serious thought to just leaving it broken.

I finally thought to check eBay and found a (somewhat) reasonable pair of hinges, bid on them, and won. I also found a source for a new hinge for about $150.00. I paid less for both sides and I'll sell the other on eBay.

Fixing it took about 15 minutes. It was alot easier than I thought it would be. The hardest part was prying the screen shell apart at the hinge to remove it because it is glued. I used a tiny screwdriver very carefully and reglued it with gel crazy glue. There is only a slight ripple where it was repaired, hard to see, and I can live with that. If you do it, completely remove the screen at both ends so you don't break the other hinge by twisting it.

Temple Mount Reopened To Infidels

This is a significant because Muslims absolutely hate it. We'll have to wait and see what happens. Some groups in Israel, such as the Temple Mount Faithful, want to rebuild the Jewish Temple on the mount. You wanna see Muslims have a complete coniption? It's hard to imagine there could be so much hatred in a human being, but just wait. Read this. Fasten your seatbelt, we may be experiencing some turbulence.

Saturday, August 23, 2003

Mac CD Burning Blues

I tried to burn some cd's yesterday on my powerbook and it would cancel the burn and give an unknown error 0x80020022. I looked on the internet for some help but found only a few people with the same problem but no answer. The Mac website didn't mention the problem exactly but it did say if you were having problems burning cd-r's to try changing the brand. I found a different kind and tried it tonight and it works great. So the problem was the powerbook doesn't like Sony cd-r's. How strange.
Canada Arrests 19

in a case that parallels the 911 attack, they were looking at a nuclear power plant. But, what will Canada do with them? That's the question.

He Died Laughing

Thai Man Dies While Laughing in Sleep. He laughed for 2 minutes, I wonder what he was dreaming about. Sounds a little like a Monty Python skit.

25 Years?

In my world, this women doesn't live another second.

Terrorism is Terrorism

Same with these guys. They don't really care about the environment, it's just an excuse for arson. They do it for the thrill. They teach arson (literally) on their website.

Who Wants a Job?

Rocket explodes on pad, killing at least 21.

"Presidential spokesman Andre Singer said Brazil was committed to continuing with its space program."

Anyone want to work on Brasil's next rocket launch? I know it's Brazil but in Brazil it's Brasil.

Slow Learners

"The people of Israel have known for decades that they are in a war for the survival of their nation, of their property, of their livelihoods, of their very lives. There is not a man, woman or cognitive child over there who isn’t excruciatingly conscious of that. Not so in America,"

Terror Is War

"There’s a big picture in play here, and for all their virtues – and there are many – Americans aren’t so hot when it comes to getting big pictures."

The picture is even bigger than you imagine.

"Acts of terror will not long remain out of sight, out of mind. They are as sure as God made little green apples coming to a public building, a bridge, a school, a church, a synagogue, a factory, a power supply, a water system, an airliner, a cruise ship, a subway, a bus or a shopping mall near you.

Time is running out and so is good, ol’ American luck."


Only it hasn't been luck. When you look back on the history of the United States, really look at specific events, you come to the see that, over and over, this country is only here by the skin of it's teeth. We've been the luckiest country in the world. The History Channel is good for bringing those little nuances to your attention. If you watch the History Channel alot, you know this. They say it's luck, most think it's luck, but I know that God has put a hedge around this country. He's given it a little push here, protection there. Not the all out blessings and protection He promises for obeying Him but enough to fulfill His purposes.

"Know it or not, like it or not, the United States is in a war for its own survival. If it doesn’t wake up and take out terror everywhere, terror will take it out anywhere."

There is a connection between what is happening to this country, all the problems we're having on every front and this. It's not a popular opinion, I know. I'm not going to try to change the direction this country is going. It's not for me to do. God is not trying to save the world now. But He is warning us.

Ezekiel 33:3 If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people;

4 Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.

5 He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.


The trumpet is sounding.

Isaiah 24:1 Behold, the LORD maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof.

2 And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him.

3 The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the LORD hath spoken this word.

4 The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish.

5 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.

6 Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.


Are we in the end time? No ones opinion can cause it or stop it. We are or we aren't and it's up to each individual to decide for themselves and take whatever action they deem necessary. You are ultimately responsible for you own actions, regardless of what the court system says.

Just for the record, I don't hold anyone's opinion about this against them, I'm not trying to convert anyone. You're not gonna burn in hell for all eternity if you make the wrong choice (what kind of merciful God would do that?) and I'm not gonna call you names or anything silly like that. It is what it is. This is America after all and thank God for that!

More Medicine

I found this Consumer Drug Information page this morning. Click on some of the drugs and read about the warnings and side effects. Sounds like fun, huh, I wish I were taking them.

Be sure and stay away from all-natural vitamins though ... nasty stuff! There is the slightest possibility they may help you remain healthy. I'm not allowed to say that though.

Friday, August 22, 2003

Medicine

"Better to hunt in fields for health unbought / Than fee the doctor for a nauseous draught. / The wise for cure on exercise depend; / God never made his work for man to mend." - John Dryden

I picked up a prescription for Irma yesterday. I can't believe how much it cost, even with insurance. Then she started telling me about all the side effects and how she gets sick taking them. That's OK with the FDA though. The drug companies make big money selling this stuff and enough makes it into the pockets of decision makers, one way or the other, to make all the side effects go away. Just don't try to sell vitamins and tell people it may help them. That's a major offence, you become the scourge of society! We wouldn't want too many healthy people walking around not buying drugs.

Irma has worked for doctors for a long time now and you would not believe how much the drug companies give the doctors and employees trying to gain favor. Huge lunches for all (several times a week), catered by The Lobster House or various other restaurants in the area. Not to mention the little give away toys and fancy pens and free samples. We went to a dinner paid for by one company at TGIF, all the employees and their entire families, order anything you want...all free courtesy of prescription drugs. Imagine what they do for the important people in Washington.
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them

Who's A Big, Fat Idiot, Al? A lying liar. I'd say that's a fair and balanced view of Al Franken. The apology letter (on page 2) is as bad as the original one.

Michelle Malkin has a few things to say about him too.

Wednesday, August 20, 2003

Worm Week

Yet another virus.

"When the .pif or .scr attachment is opened, Sobig.F infects the computer and sends itself on to other victims using a random e-mail address from the address book."

It never ceases to amaze me how many people continue to open e-mail attachments without really knowing what they are after all the warnings. Some really good advice to minimize your chance of infection can be found at #!/usr/bin/geek.

My Taskbar

In a previous post I told you my taskbar was too large and wouldn't adjust smaller. The icons were too large and I think that's why. Anyway, I created a new user account and deleted the old one and it solved the problem. Since it was a fresh install I didn't have to fiddle with it too much. That's better.

James used the word awesome correctly in a sentence today, much to my amazement. He must have learned it from Joshua. We went to the pet shop to buy mice and rats for the snakes. I usually buy them at the flea market because they are so cheap but I was too tired to go when they were open last weekend. They cost about 3 times as much, I hate that. James loves to go to the pet shop and he likes to carry the mice too. He got all excited in the store and kept saying he saw a frog so I had to go with him so he could show me. He took me to a pool they had on the floor and the frog turned out to be ceramic. How anticlimactic. We got home just before a major thunderstorm hit and fed the snakes. Awesome.

Tuesday, August 19, 2003

Bad News For The Diamond Cartel

Gem-quality diamonds are being manufactured right here in Florida.

"The diamonds are flawless and can fool even the most expert of gemologists."

Contrary to popular opinion, diamonds are not rare. While there are about 60 or so companies mining diamonds, De Beers is by far the largest and the only one you've heard of.

Diamond prices are kept elevated by hording the diamond rough and tightly controlling the industry, along with years of very effective advertising. For insight into the diamond industry, read The Diamond Invention by Edward Jay Epstein.

It's hard to say how much these new created diamonds will effect the price of natural diamonds but you can be sure there will be those who will pass them off as high quality natural diamonds.

"The sudden appearance of multi-carat, gem-quality synthetics has sent the DeBeers diamond cartel scrambling. Several years ago, it set up what it calls the Gem Defensive Program – a campaign to warn jewelers and the public about the arrival of manufactured diamonds. At no charge, the company is supplying gem labs with sophisticated machines designed to help distinguish man-made from mined stones."

Created colored stones have been around awhile and are big business these days. They are beautiful and make gorgeous jewelry but high quality natural stones maintain value in spite of this. Natural colored stones have inclusions which can but don't necessarily detract value. These inclusions can have a beauty all their own, they tell a story, like looking back in time to the formation of the stone (even if you can't see them by eye). People are more willing to pay for the natural stone because of this. The beautiful, flawless created stone is too beautiful for it's own good (some manufacturers are creating colored stones with inclusions to further confuse you).

Inclusions in diamonds always detract value and are just plain ugly. Will the diamond industry be able to convince people to pay more for a mined diamond when they can get a more perfect but created diamond for less? Time will tell.


Monday, August 18, 2003

Xp and Verizon DSL

I was searching through some Windows XP tip sites and ran across an article that claims: Win-XP kills Verizon DSL. If I had Verizon DSL (Kat) I would check this setting he talks about to be on the safe side. It may keep it from happening again.
Smiley Face

James was looking out the back door for the moon, but it was cloudy. Suddenly, he shouts, "Hey, a smiley face!" I looked to see what he was talking about and sure enough, there was a cloud in the shape of a smiley face. That took me by surprise, I didn't expect him to recognize shapes in the clouds yet, but what do I know. A little later he said the wind blew it away and he blew with his mouth. He's funny.
Europe Moving Away From It's Christian Roots

The Pope says: Europe Suffering Values Crisis

You can't deny, that in these times of ours, Europe is going through a crisis in values, and it is important that it recovers its true identity,"

You needn't worry, it will.
Don't Leave Your Kids In The Car

How many times do we have to read about children left in a car to die? What is the problem? How do you forget your kid? Why is this happening so often? Anyone who does that needs to be strapped in their car and left to die.

Sunday, August 17, 2003

Reinstalled Windows XP

Since my hard drives death was imminent I bought a new one and installed it. The old one was about 10 gigs and the receipt said I bought it in 1999. I had forgotten that I reused the old hard drive when I built my computer. The new one is a Hitachi (IBM) 120 gig drive with 8 meg cache. (Which, BTW, cost less than the 10 gig drive in 1999) I dreaded reinstalling Windows because the first time had been hell. It took a few false starts and finally over 12 hours to install. I just went to bed and let it run to see if it would actually install. It never did work all that well either. Fast user switching would crash it every time and there were other little problems, not enough to say something is wrong with the computer but just enought to say Windows XP is really not that great. I had an early release of it meant for resellers and I just guessed that was the problem.

I installed the new hard drive and put in the Windows cd. It installed in about an hour or less. Amazing. It worked like I had never seen it before. It was unbelievable. Everything works like a charm, including fast user switching. There is only one small thing I want desperately to fix. When I sign in, the taskbar is slightly taller than it normally is, the icons in the taskbar are larger, and instead of just the time on the far right side it shows the time with the day under it. I can make it larger but it won't go any smaller. When Irma signs in the taskbar is completely normal. This is the way it was when first installed, I did not touch any settings. I haven't been able to figure it out but I'll keep looking on the web for an answer. Anyway, the computer is faster and better than ever. It did take a while to download the 40 megs of updates though. And my favorite programs.

I also can't remember how to change the double click to single click. I don't remember it being such a big deal previously, I think it was an easy thing to do, I just can't find the setting. I bought Disk Image 2002 so I can make an image of the drive and not have to go through all this again. It still amazes me that it works so well now after changing only the hard drive. Maybe Windows didn't like my other drive, I don't think it was bad when I first installed it. I installed Linux on it with no problem at all and it worked OK with XP for quite awhile, I just didn't know how much better it could have been.

Janet Reno?

We went to Sams Club today to pick up a few things and over by the meat area Irma pointed out a lady and told me it was Janet Reno. Yes, she was serious. "Irma, that is not Janet Reno!" Yes. "No, it isn't. No way." Two isles over she remembered it was the accountant of a previous employer.

That reminds me of the time (still in high school) I was with a friend (Jim) in his boat on the Tom's River in New Jersey. We were actually very near downtown Tom's River and he yells, all excited, "Look, a gorilla!" He's pointing at the docks. I didn't see a gorilla, but he was dead serious. When we got closer it turned out to be an old black guy fishing off the docks. That was funny.

Jim and I had a lot of laughs in those days. I was riding around with him and we decided to go to the Twin Lights in the Highlands. It was dark and they were closed but we were just driving around. We were in the area but didn't know the exact road. He turned left and we went up this super narrow, winding road way up the mountain. It was like a one way road and it kept going up and twisting and turning and he turned into someones driveway accidently. I couldn't stop laughing, it was so funny. He backed up and started driving again and a police car put it's lights on and stopped us. I was still laughing and the more I tried to be serious the more I would laugh. He got a ticket for making an illegal left turn. You can't make a left in NJ, you have to make three rights.

One time we went into Manhattan and drove around. He made a turn on 6th Ave and all these headlights were coming at us, we were going the wrong way. He backed up and around the corner and backed into a mailbox. That wasn't so funny, but we laughed anyway. We drove into Kearny, NJ and stopped at a Diner (I think it was Arlington actually) and ate and decided what we were going to do. The dent was small but obvious. I'm not going to say what we did, let's just say it wasn't legal. It got the dent fixed though.

It's been a long time since I've seen Jim but he's the kind of friend you just pick up where you left off when you meet again. Just continue the conversation.

Everything Comes and Goes in Cycles

Here's a commentary on the heat wave and related items. Deadly Heat Wave Strikes Europe!



Wednesday, August 13, 2003

It's Not A Choice

Older women urged to become lesbians. This is wrong on so many levels.

Homeless, Please Help

$750 to 900 a week swinging a sign. Tax free. Nice.
Would Anyone Shoot An Unarmed Man?

It's shark week on the Discovery channel (as if you didn't know). There was a guy on tonight who feeds sharks by hand while snorkeling, no cage. They showed him get bit twice, once on the leg by a black tip and he got his finger nipped by a mako because he held on to the fish too long. The mako is one of the most dangerous sharks and shows no fear of man. This guy (I don't know his name) took a couple of people along to film his encounter with the mako. It was huge, he said about 500 pounds, and they got into trouble when they were down to the last fish to feed it. The shark started going after them, they had to control their fear and fend off the shark to make it back to the boat. It kept going for their legs, to incapacitate them, like they would bite the tail off a swordfish or tuna. He said the shark was just behaving naturally, turned on by the food, and wasn't looking for a fight. They eat whatever swims in the ocean and can't defend itself. If it thinks it will get hurt it will back off. (Shark week gets crazier every year, makes you wonder what they will show next year.)

Japan is debating going nuclear. This was previously unheard of.

"People are clearly waking up to the idea," lawmaker Shingo Nishimura says of the new willingness to debate the issue. "They feel something is wrong with Japan."

It would be so wonderful if not taking up arms were the answer. I understand why the people of Japan are so against nuclear weapons. I've been to Hiroshima and I've seen what they preserved of that day and I've admired the beautiful city it is now.

Predators look for easy prey. They attack the weak, the unaware, the naive, the old, and the young. It doesn't matter if the predator is an animal or human, they go for the easy targets and they don't want to get hurt in the process. If you are strong and able to defend youself they tend to leave you alone, although misjudgements have been known to occur.

Japan will end up having to defend itself, it can no longer rely solely on the United States for protection. It's not in their best interest. North Korea is too close, too unpredictable, and has been a long time enemy. An unarmed, peace loving Japan is not safe from attack by North Korea. Unfortunately.

Lightning Does Kill Cows

There is so much lightning in Florida and I never hear about cattle being hit by it. (It hits people often enough though.) This happened in Virginia: Nine cows killed by lightning strike



Tuesday, August 12, 2003

I Wish I were There To See It

Her dog died and she wanted to send it back home by plane for burial. The airline workers at the receiving end thought the dog died in transit so they replaced it with an exact duplicate, hoping no one would notice. When she went to pick it up ... Woof!

"An airport spokesman told the paper: "No-one would have noticed the difference, except that her dog was dead and the new one was alive. I don't think she would ever have noticed. It was quite a surprise for her. When she spoke she didn't make any sense."

I almost don't believe this story. How could anyone think the dogs owner wouldn't notice just because it looked the same, what about the dogs personality? Maybe the Three Stooges are still alive.

Crazy Kid Drivers

First it's senior citizens, now this.

Two-year-old toy car driver kills pensioner. Toy car?

Boy, 3, crashes car twice in a week.

Children found riding tricycle on motorway.

Man's Best Friend

I like to hear good stories about dogs.

Dog rescues abandoned baby.

Monday, August 11, 2003

This Is Sick

In the September 2003 issue of Mens Health magazine, on page 38, there is a list of contaminants that the FDA allows in packaged foods. I looked on the FDA website but could not find a similar list, instead the information looks like it is located here and there in the myriad of documents they have.


  • Canned Corn ..... 2 corn worms or larvae per case of 24 cans.
  • Canned Mushrooms ..... 20 maggots or 75 mites per 3.5 oz can.
  • Canned Pineapple ..... 20% rotten fruit per can.
  • Cinnamon ..... 400 insect fragments or 11 rodent hairs per half c.
  • Fig Bars ..... 5 insect heads per box.
  • Ground Black Pepper ..... 475 insect fragments or 2 rodent hairs per 1/2 c.
  • Macaroni Pasta .... 225 insect fragments or 4.5 rodent hairs per 7.5 oz uncooked.
  • Peanut Butter ..... 30 insect fragments or 1 rodent hair per 3.5 oz.
  • Popcorn ..... 1 pellet rodent excreta or 2 rodent hairs per lb.
  • Potato Chips ..... 6% rotten potatoes per bag.
  • Raisins ..... 40 mg sand or grit per 3.5 oz.
  • Tomato Juice ..... 5 fly eggs and 1 maggot per 3.5 oz.


How do they figure this stuff out. Fig bars can have 5 insect heads per box? What about the rest of the insect, where did it go? What kind of insect? How do they know what's in there? Do they average the samples?

Tomato juice can have 5 fly eggs and 1 maggot per 3.5 oz? You can't strain out a maggot?

20 maggots or 75 mites in 3.5 ounces of mushrooms? There can be 20 maggots in that little can? Are they talking about the same maggots I think they are? What if there is a mix of maggots and mites? That seems like alot for 3.5 oz.

475 insect fragments or 2 rodent hairs in pepper, but 400 insect fragments or 11 rodent hairs in cinnamon? Why not make them the same? 400 is OK but 401 and you're shut down. It's someones job to count this stuff, too. I wonder how often? Only the government can make rules like these.
Totaled

Here's a good little article to read if you ever wreck your car. What to do if your car is unfairly totaled.

Sunday, August 10, 2003

Needs To Be Read

I found this link at Gut Rumbles. It was so good I wanted to post it here too. It needs to be said.
Failure Immenent

My windows computer has been acting up. Sometimes it doesn't recognize the hard drive at start up. When it does it gives this message: Failure predicted on primary master. Immediately back-up your data and replace your hard drive. A failure may be imminent.

At least it's warning me first. The thing is, it's really not that old, not more than two years.

Saturday, August 09, 2003

Blogger Problems

I tried to blog yesterday and kept getting errors. That happened once before, I sure wish they'd fix that.

All Wet

It rained almost all day today. Hard. I drove to Melbourne and for about 20 miles could only go 35 mph because it was raining so hard. I could hardly see the road. I only saw one car driving with their flashers on but a few had no lights on at all. That's crazy. The thought of the day is: Get Rain-X.

All In

The other day on the Discovery channel they had a show about the moon. It was fascinating. They have different theories on how the moon came to be but they tend to think it was a part of the Earth that was broken off in a collision with another planet that no longer exists or another large chunk of space rock that hit the Earth. Over and over they said if this or that were only slightly different, the Earth would not be able to support life. If the collision wasn't just right, if the moon was larger or smaller, further away or closer, if the density were different, if it revolved around the Earth faster or slower ... any changes to any of these variables (and more) would mean life could not exist on Earth. There is life on this planet only by the slimmest of margins. It gets mind boggling to hear the scientists talk about this. They know how miraculous it is, they brag about it, they're amazed themselves at each step along the way where something happening differently would mean no life on this planet.

It all reminds me of poker. It's as if the Earth is playing poker with the universe. And since the beginning, billions of years ago, the Earth has been winning hand after hand after hand and each hand is played "all in." If it loses a hand - no life. So each hand, it bets it all, and it all rides on lady luck. ... It could happen. Yeah right.

Thursday, August 07, 2003

Hiroshima

I took these quotes from this article.

"Tadatoshi Akiba said Washington's apparent worship of "nuclear weapons as God" was threatening world peace."

Nuclear weapons keep America free, that's the bottom line. Nuclear weapons keep other countries from attacking us. If we destroyed all of our nuclear weapons today we would be attacked tomorrow, by the truly evil countries with nuclear weapons. Our might coupled with our good nature has kept the relative peace in the world for many years. Now that nuclear technology is becoming available to less "good natured" countries the world is becoming a more dangerous place again. The difference is, they want to use them, we don't.

Notwithstanding what our money says, America does not trust God. We trust more in our own might and our (so-called) allies. But the U.S. is not willing to keep God's commandments and doesn't want God telling us what to do, we do it our way. That requires nuclear weapons. We don't worship nuclear weapons, we just trust them more to keep us safe.


"During Wednesday's ceremony, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi reaffirmed Japan's policy banning the production, possession and transport of nuclear weapons within its borders. "Our country's stance on this will not change," Koizumi said"

After North Korea lobs a few more missles over Japan, the countries stance on nuclear weapons will change. Watch it happen. Neither the Japanese nor the Koreans have forgotten their history together, and a horrifying history it has been. On both sides.

I've been to Hiroshima and I've tolled the peace bell they have there, but all the good intentions in the world will not protect us from the very real evil that is out there. There is some more interesting discussion of Hiroshima here.

I saw a documentary last night on Korea and it said the goal of North Korea has always been and still is to reunite the north with the South. The Korean war was an attempt by Kim Jung Il's father to do just that. Now Kim Jung Il's number one goal is the same. That's funny, because all he has to do is stand down his army and welcome his southern brothers and the prosperity that will follow. The documentary was on the Discovery channel and it wasn't very good really. It made Carter and Clinton out as saviors and said Bush came along and ruined the U.S./North korean relations.

Buried MIGs

You've probably heard this already but this article has some great pictures. Check them out.

Total Recall

The California recall election is turning into a circus. Now Gary Coleman is running. And Arnold Schwarzenegger, Arianna Huffington and Gallagher (the comedian) have all announced they will seek to replace Gov. Davis. Oh, don't forget Larry Flynt.

Race?

"Veteran black activist Al Sharpton contended Wednesday that the news media are dismissive of his presidential campaign because newsrooms are overwhelmingly white."

Oh really! There are alot of reasons not to take Al Sharpton seriously. Alot of reasons, but none of them have anything to do with the color of his skin. Why not Don King for President?



Wednesday, August 06, 2003

Really, Do Not Call

Telemarketers are already trying to trick you to get around the Do Not Call list. What does that tell you about telemarketers? So ... If you signed up for the National Do Not Call list you should read this.

Strange Brew

US troops and Iraqis Share Taste for Israeli Beer

"A close inspection of photos from inside the Mosul villa where Qusay and Uday were shot dead by American troops last month reveals beer bottles and a candy wrapper with what looks suspiciously like Hebrew lettering. Ironically, Saddam Hussein’s sons and grandson may have spent their last hours consuming the products of the hated Zionist state. In another odd twist, the troops of the US 101st airborne division may have cracked open beer of the same Macabbee brand while laying Saddam’s heirs to siege."

I have a hard time believing American troops were drinking beer while laying siege to the house. Afterwards sure, but not on duty.

Tuesday, August 05, 2003

Peer Pressure

Thomas Sowell peruses the price we pay when those in power are too concerned with what their peers think.

"Some things are believed, without evidence, because such beliefs are a mark of belonging."

"Many parents wonder why they lose their children to a whole new value system," a parent once said plaintively. It is not accidental. There are not only individual pied pipers in the schools but whole nationwide educational efforts to detach children from their parents, as a way of promoting "social change."

"That the pathetically under-educated people who staff our public schools should take upon themselves the task of shaping a whole society is staggering. What is even more staggering is that the rest of us let them get away with it -- for the most part, because so few even know that it is happening."

Liberia

Going to Liberia is a big mistake. Clue: The UN wants the U.S. to go to Liberia. If the UN is so concerned with Liberia why don't they go in and do it themselves. They were itching to lead the way with Iraq. Here's their chance to show the world their leadership abilities. Let Germany and France send their troops in. How many other countries make up the UN? Send them. The UN can't do it without the U.S. leading the way? B.S. It's a trap.

Set Them Free

Proposition 54. The new law would bar the government from inquiring into a citizen's racial identity. It's about time and should be nationwide.

The United States of Iraq?

Won't It Be Wonderful, When Iraq Becomes Just like America?

Water Works

The kids and I had a water fight yesterday. I just finished mowing the lawn and the kids had been playing out in the heat. We were ready. James loved it and put his bathing suit on later to go out and do it again. Afternoon thunderstorms put a stop to that idea. The kids played together nicely today, I was impressed.

Monday, August 04, 2003

Joshua is Back!

Joshua got back last night from his month long visit with his father. James was really excited to see him. They played nicely together for a while before I left for work. Tomorrow the fighting begins. I sure hope not but those two can fight like cats and dogs.

They finally picked up the Eurovan Sunday. That was a love/hate relationship. It was a great van, room for everyone plus, easy to drive, and comfortable but expensive to fix and often required special tools. Farewell.

Friday, August 01, 2003

NASCAR Revisited

I found this on the Neal Boortz website (Nealz Nuze, July 31), no link to back it up though.

No more money for Jackson’s Rainbow-Push coalition from NASCAR.  It seems that NASCAR is fed up with Jackson’s assertions that NASCAR is the “last bastion of white supremacy.”  Good news.  The better news is that Jackson’s star is falling.  More and more people and businesses are recognizing this race warlord as the shakedown artist he is.  As Jesse’s flame glows dim look for him to be more and more desperate to regain some semblance of credibility and power.  His time is over … let’s hope it stays over.

If it's true, all I can say is: good for them.