Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Bind Moggling

After reading the news this morning I can't even think straight (as if I can at other times). First this gem from The Olympian, in an article reporting on the use of fingerprint scanners to keep track of student charges in a school cafeteria, one parent piped up with a hitherto unaddressed fear - "Our fingerprints are just like our Social Security numbers," she said, before seeing a demonstration of the service. "That's how people steal identities."

Yep. I saw that movie too. The bad guy lops off someone's finger and uses the detached digit to activate the fingerprint scanner. I can't help thinking of news stories which pop up on a regular basis in which police report finding this or that ID thief with hundreds of pieces of stolen ID. So now it's going to be hundreds of detached fingers? Ehew!

Kudos goes to the California State Legislature for enacting yet another law which has been so watered down to meet the demands of special interest groups that it ends up doing nothing. I am talking about the new law which will ban the use of handheld cell phones while driving. The law continues to allow the use of hands-free models. The problem, of course, being the studies which show that there is no difference at all between using handheld or handsfree phones while driving. Either way your chances of getting into an accident are quadrupled over those times when you concentrate on your driving. Hang up and drive, dammit!

Sudan has identified a new security threat and is taking drastic measures to protect their citizens. All travelers to that country are now required to turn over that laptop computers to security forces who then send the machines off to be scanned - for pornography. Way to go, Sudan.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Linux is just so gay

I was setting up a laptop that someone gave me the other day, replacing the old Microsoft Windows OS with Linux. As I was working it occured to me that using Linux is a lot like being gay. Linux machines comprise less than 5% of the computer population, they are misunderstood by the vast majority. Their needs and even existance are ignored by the 95% who don't share their "orientation", and last but not least they are smarter, cooler and more versatile than their counterparts.

I have to admit though, that unlike sexual orientation, using Linux is a choice. One that I made a year and a half or so ago after spending way too much time and money working to keep one step behind those who unleash viruses, malware, worms and all the other threats looking for victims.

I read a comment the other day from a Windows fan who declared "The only thing that keeps Linux from coming under the same kind of daily attacks as Windows is that so few people use it!" Well, maybe he's right. So? As long as I don't have to run anti-virus programs, spyware programs or worry about my machine being turned into a "bot", I'm quite happy, thank you. Then there is the whole thing about saving money, both on the OS, and on the programs. You know that most of the programs that Windows users pay extra for are available for free for Linux?

So go ahead and say it - Linux is just so gay.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Action Alert - State helping homos recruit children

It is time to rise up in arms to protest this targeting of some of our most vulnerable children by the homosexuals. The homosexuals say that they want to help these kids. The God fearing among us know that they really want to recruit these troubled youths into that deadly lifestyle that is anything but "gay".

In the Houston area, an estimated 1,700 children under 21 received homeless services, according to a 1999 survey by the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County. The counseling center estimates that about 30 percent of these youths are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

Even at a young age these confused youths are heading for a lifestyle of hedonism and selfishness. Comprising only 2% of the population these spoiled children are siphoning away 30% of the precious funds allocated to caring for society's needy young. Rather than remain in the bosoms of their caring families, these headstrong, rebellious teenagers refuse the loving care of their parents and rush off in search of the illicit sexual pleasures promised them by the insidious anti-family messages beamed out 24/7 by the anti-God, Jewish controlled TV and movie industries. (Yes, Mel Gibson IS right. He is a hero for having the courage to call a spade a spade).

The well funded homosexual lobby would have us believe that these innocents would be better off placed in the homes of feces eating sexual perverts than they are in their current situation, where they are productive members of society, learning street survival skills and discovering their hitherto undiscovered ability to make money by marketing their bodies for cash.

We need help in our battle to save society. Please donate today. You know that your generosity will be remembered by "The Big Guy" up there.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Operation Iraqi Liberation - update

President's Message to the Iraqi People (April 10, 2003)

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PRESIDENT BUSH: This is George W Bush, the President of the United States. At this moment, the regime of Saddam Hussein is being removed from power, and a long era of fear and cruelty is ending.

American and coalition forces are now operating inside Baghdad – and we will not stop until Saddam’s corrupt gang is gone. The government of Iraq, and the future of your country, will soon belong to you.

Saddam Captured 'Like a Rat' in Raid

Sunday , December 14, 2003

BAGHDAD, Iraq — Without firing a single shot, U.S. forces captured Saddam Hussein (search) as he hid in the bottom of a hole at a farmhouse near Tikrit on Saturday.

"Ladies and gentlemen, we got him," L. Paul Bremer (search), the U.S. administrator in Iraq, announced.

"The tyrant is a prisoner," Bremer said.

The goals of our coalition are clear and limited. We will end a brutal regime, whose aggression and weapons of mass destruction make it a unique threat to the world. Coalition forces will help maintain law and order, so that Iraqis can live in security.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Summer of Goodbyes...
Residents of Baghdad are systematically being pushed out of the city. Some families are waking up to find a Klashnikov bullet and a letter in an envelope with the words “Leave your area or else.” The culprits behind these attacks and threats are Sadr’s followers- Mahdi Army. It’s general knowledge, although no one dares say it out loud. In the last month we’ve had two different families staying with us in our house, after having to leave their neighborhoods due to death threats and attacks. It’s not just Sunnis- it’s Shia, Arabs, Kurds- most of the middle-class areas are being targeted by militias.

We will respect your great religious traditions, whose principles of equality and compassion are essential to Iraq’s future. We will help you build a peaceful and representative government that protects the rights of all citizens. And then our military forces will leave.

Wednesday 24 May 2006
U.S builds world's biggest embassy in Iraq
by Leila Fadel

Don't ask about the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. Officially, it's a secret.

But it's hard to hide a 104-acre complex rising on the banks of the Tigris River. Anyone who cares to know can easily see four giant construction cranes towering over the river at the largest such project ever undertaken by the United States -- a symbol of American presence that will last well into the future.

When the complex is completed by June 2007 -- this one apparently is on schedule, unlike most construction projects in Iraq -- it will be an American oasis in the heavily fortified ``green zone,'' away from the fear and lack of services that permeate the rest of Baghdad. Among the 21 buildings will be a recreation center to rival any in the United States with, among other amenities, a pool, a gym, a food court, a beauty salon and, of course, a recreational area that will be called the American Club.

Baghdad may have little potable water and only a few hours of electricity a day, but the embassy complex will have its own water-treatment facilities and electricity generator, according to Andy Fisher, a press officer for Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., the chair of the House Foreign Relations Committee.

First Kuwaiti General Trading and Contracting, a subcontractor of Halliburton's Kellogg, Brown and Root, was granted the $592 million construction contract. By December it had already been paid about $483 million.

Iraq will go forward as a unified, independent and sovereign nation that has regained a respected place in the world.

Posted on Fri, Aug. 04, 2006

Iraqi civil war has already begun, U.S. troops say

McClatchy Newspapers

BAGHDAD, Iraq - While American politicians and generals in Washington debate the possibility of civil war in Iraq, many U.S. officers and enlisted men who patrol Baghdad say it has already begun.

Army troops in and around the capital interviewed in the last week cite a long list of evidence that the center of the nation is coming undone: Villages have been abandoned by Sunni and Shiite Muslims; Sunni insurgents have killed thousands of Shiites in car bombings and assassinations; Shiite militia death squads have tortured and killed hundreds, if not thousands, of Sunnis; and when night falls, neighborhoods become open battlegrounds.

"There's one street that's the dividing line. They shoot mortars across the line and abduct people back and forth," said 1st Lt. Brian Johnson, a 4th Infantry Division platoon leader from Houston. Johnson, 24, was describing the nightly violence that pits Sunni gunmen from Baghdad's Ghazaliyah neighborhood against Shiite gunmen from the nearby Shula district.

As he spoke, the sights and sounds of battle grew: first, the rat-a-tat-tat of fire from AK-47 assault rifles, then the heavier bursts of PKC machine guns, and finally the booms of mortar rounds crisscrossing the night sky and crashing down onto houses and roads.

The bodies of captured Sunni and Shiite fighters will turn up in the morning, dropped in canals and left on the side of the road.

"We've seen some that have been executed on site, with bullet holes in the ground; the rest were tortured and executed somewhere else and dumped," Johnson said.

The recent assertion by U.S. soldiers here that Iraq is in a civil war is a stunning indication that American efforts to bring peace and democracy to Iraq are failing, more than three years after the toppling of dictator Saddam Hussein's regime.

Some Iraqi troops, too, share that assessment.

"This is a civil war," said a senior adviser to the commander of the Iraqi Army's 6th Division, which oversees much of Baghdad.

"The problem between Sunnis and Shiites is a religious one, and it gets worse every time they attack each other's mosques," said the adviser, who gave only his rank and first name, Col. Ahmed, because of security concerns. "Iraq is now caught in hell."

The United States and its coalition partners respect the people of Iraq. We are taking unprecedented measures to spare the lives of innocent Iraqi citizens,

Evidence is mounting that America's war in Iraq has killed tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians, and perhaps well over 100,000. Yet this carnage is systematically ignored in the United States, where the media and government portray a war in which there are no civilian deaths, because there are no Iraqi civilians, only insurgents. "The Daily Star"

and are beginning to deliver food, water and medicine to those in need.

U.S. Plan to Build Iraq Clinics Falters
Contractor Will Try to Finish 20 of 142 Sites

By Ellen Knickmeyer
Washington Post Foreign Service
Monday, April 3, 2006; A01

BAGHDAD -- A reconstruction contract for the building of 142 primary health centers across Iraq is running out of money, after two years and roughly $200 million, with no more than 20 clinics now expected to be completed, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says.

The contract, awarded to U.S. construction giant Parsons Inc. in the flush, early days of reconstruction in Iraq, was expected to lay the foundation of a modern health care system for the country, putting quality medical care within reach of all Iraqis.

Parsons, according to the Corps, will walk away from more than 120 clinics that on average are two-thirds finished. Auditors say the project serves as a warning for other U.S. reconstruction efforts due to be completed this year.

Our only enemy is Saddam’s brutal regime – and that regime is your enemy as well.

In the new era that is coming to Iraq, your country will no longer be held captive to the will of a cruel dictator. You will be free to build a better life, instead of building more palaces for Saddam and his sons, free to pursue economic prosperity without the hardship of economic sanctions, free to travel and speak your mind, free to join in the political affairs of Iraq. And all the people who make up your country – Kurds, Shi’a, Turkomans, Sunnis, and others – will be free of the terrible persecution that so many have endured.

Bush's Other Iraq Invasion

By Antonia Juhasz, AlterNet
Posted on August 22, 2005, Printed on August 5, 2006

If Iraq's National Assembly meets its deadline, it will release a draft constitution to be voted on by the people in two months. Since February, vital issues have been debated and discussed by the drafting committee: the role of Islamic law, the rights of women, the autonomy of the Kurds and the participation of the minority Sunnis.

But what hasn't been on the table is at least as important to the formation of a new Iraq: the country's economic structure. The Bush administration has succeeded in maintaining a stranglehold on issues such as public versus private ownership of resources, foreign access to Iraqi oil and U.S. control of the reconstruction effort -- all of which are still governed by administration policies put into place immediately after the invasion. The Bush economic agenda favors foreign interests -- American interests -- over Iraqi self-determination.

The nightmare that Saddam Hussein has brought to your nation will soon be over. You are a good and gifted people – the heirs of a great civilisation that contributes to all humanity. You deserve better than tyranny and corruption and torture chambers. You deserve to live as free people. And I assure every citizen of Iraq: your nation will soon be free.

WASHINGTON -- President Bush suggested yesterday that US troops might stay in Iraq beyond his presidency, which ends in 2009, saying at a press conference that the issue of removing troops from the country ''will be decided by future presidents and future governments of Iraq."

Thank you.